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Antoninianus of Valerian II

Silver antoninianus, 20mm, 3.48gm, issued AD 256/257. Rome mint.

Obv: P LIC VALERIANVS CAES, Radiate, draped bust facing right.

Rev: IOVI CRESCENTI, Infant Jupiter riding Amalthaean goat right.

References: Sear 10732, RIC 13, RSC 29a.

A similiar reverse was used by Vespasian on Domitian's coinage - presumably the type indicates the young Caesar hopeful ascendency to Emperor, just as Jupiter grew to become King of the Gods. The young Valerian II died, however, soon after taking command in Illyria..

2007NBL3470a   |   Very Fine   |   AUD 120    Add to Cart