VALERIAN II, Caesar
Billon Antoninianus. 2.95g, 19.6mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 258
REF: RIC V 24; Sear 10608; MIR 36, 261k; RSC 13
OBVERSE: DIVO CAES VALERIANO, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.
REVERSE: CONSECRATIO, altar-enclosure with double panelled doors, horns visible on either side, flames rising from top of altar.
Valerian II was a teenager when he accompanied his father Emperor Gallienus to Illyria. From there, Gallienus embarked on a campaign against Germanic tribes invading Gaul, and Valerian was left in the care of Ingenuus, the Governor of Pannonia and Moesia at Sirmium. When Valerian died under suspicious circumstances in early 258, it seems Ingenuus suffered a demotion as a result and later became a usurper who attempted an unsuccessful rebellion against Gallienus.
VALERIAN II, Caesar . AD 256-258 . Antoninianus . "Consecratio Altar"
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