Emperor Valerian Silver Antoninianus, Rome Mint, AD 254

Denomination: Debased silver (billon) antoninianus

Period: Roman imperial

Date: AD 254

Origin: Rome mint

Condition: VF+

Obverse: Radiate bust of Valerian, right, IMP C LIC VALERIANVS AVG

Reverse: Jupiter standing left holding a thunderbolt and a sceptre, P M TR P II COS II P P

Size and Weight: 24mm, 3.95g

References: Sear 9958, RIC 141

Features and Provenance: Publius Licinius Valerianus held many high offices before he edged his way to power in AD 253 and when he did, his son, Gallienus, joined him as co-emperor. There were many challenges with invasions and the two emperors went in opposite directions to personally conduct operations. Valerian took the east and Gallienus the west. With plague ravaging his army, Valerian decided to call a meeting to negotiate peace terms with Sharpur of the Sasanids in 260. During this meeting Valerian was attacked and taken to Persia; making him the first emperor to have ever fallen into the hands of a foreign power. It didn't end well for Valerian and death must ulimately have been a merciful release for him. Gallienus was left to defend the empire at what must have been one of the lowest periods of empire



Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible






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