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brm_626744 - VALERIAN I Antoninien

VALERIAN I Antoninien XF
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Type : Antoninien
Date: 259-260
Mint name / Town : Trèves
Metal : billon
Millesimal fineness : 250 ‰
Diameter : 21,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 2,3 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan mince et irrégulier. Beau buste de Valérien Ier. Frappe molle au revers. Patine grise superficielle


Obverse legend : VALERIANVS. P. F. AVG.
Obverse description : Buste lauré, drapé et cuirassé de Valérien Ier à droite, vu de trois quarts en avant (A).
Obverse translation : “Valerianus Pius Felix Augustus”, (Valérien pieux et heureux auguste).


Reverse legend : DEO VOLKANO.
Reverse description : Vulcain debout à gauche dans un temple tétrastyle à fronton triangulaire, coiffé du bonnet conique, tenant un marteau de la main droite et des tenailles de la main gauche ; devant lui, une enclume.
Reverse translation : “Deo Volkano”, (Au dieu Vulcain).


Poids excessivement léger. Rubans de type 3.

Historical background



Valerian was born in 193 and had a distinguished military and political career. Main contributor of Trajan Decius, he was proclaimed in august 253. It gets rid of turn Trebonianus Galle and Volusien and Emilien and immediately associated his son Gallienus to the throne. 256, a Gothic invasion threatens the provinces of the Black Sea. Shapur (Sapor), Sassanian king arrives at Antioch the following year. Valerian I began the great persecution against Christians in 258. In 259, the Empire, already weakened, is invaded on the Rhine-Danube limes and East, Shapur (Sapor) seizes Antioch. Valerian to meet him, but was defeated and taken prisoner. Shapur (Sapor) will use the fallen emperor as a step before doing live skinning. Christians see it as God's punishment for the persecution Gallien hastens to stop.

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