Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Ryan McVay, Feb 17, 2024.

  1. Ryan McVay

    Ryan McVay Well-Known Member

    This will probably be my last coin for a while. My 2004 Honda Pilot, with 215,000 miles, had to be replaced recently. Bummer because that was the best SUV ever! As we all know cash flow is king and new car payments are ungodly these days! (We can start the pity party now!)

    Anyway, I picked up a rather "rare" DIANA LVCIFERA coin by Valerian I. From what I can gather this would be a coin minted in ~218 AD for the birth of Gallienus.
    So far, OCRE has two examples, Vcoins has one and ACSearch has one of this type. That's a total of 5 including mine.
    DIANA LVCIFERA. Diana the bringer of light. Diana stands, holding transversely, with both hands, a lighted torch.
    In exchanging the bow and arrow for the torch, allusion is here made to her other titles and qualities, as Lucifera, or as Luna, whose light, being borrowed from the Sun, she was styled his sister.

    Valerian-RICV-212-Obv.jpg Valerian-RICV-212-Rev.jpg
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  3. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter


    My only Diana Lvcifera coin is a Julia Domna:
    Julia Domna 3.jpg
    Fouree Denarius
    OBVERSE: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right
    REVERSE: DIANA LVCIFERA, Diana standing left, holding long torch with both hands
    Struck at Rome, 211-217 AD Struck under Caracalla
    3,1 g; 18,3 mm
    RIC 373A [Caracalla]
  4. Ryan McVay

    Ryan McVay Well-Known Member

    I have a decent Gordian III...but for the life of me I am not sure why he would have minted one. He didn't have any kids! Maybe his father-in-law was being optimistic or minted one for himself. I have just started reading up on Gordian III but I believe his father-in-law had more pull in Rome than Gordian III did.
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  5. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark all my best friends are dead Romans Dealer

    1 ex. in Eauze 1554

    3 ex. in Cunetio

    12 ex. Gobl MIR.36/1560a
  6. Gallienus


    I don't understand: why would he have only minted denarii if he had kids?

    Understandably by the time of Gordian III, any denarii would've been AE anyways. I think I have a nice sestersius of Gordian III. Let me look....

    I dimly recall this was around $80 when I bought it many years ago.
  7. The Meat man

    The Meat man Well-Known Member

    Congrats on the rare acquisition!
  8. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Well-Known Member

    That's a coin I would gladly add to my growing, yet very small, Diana Lucifera sub collection.

    Here they are







    Congrats on a rare acquisition

  9. Ryan McVay

    Ryan McVay Well-Known Member

    Thanks. You do have a nice sub collection! Great to see such nice coins.
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  10. Ryan McVay

    Ryan McVay Well-Known Member

    Here's my Gordian III coin. So I have a new sub-collectin starting. Seems like I am always starting a new sub-collection..shaking my head.
    Gord-obv.jpg Gord-rev.jpg
  11. Gallienus


    Me too! For a 7th grade school project my son had to build a model employing shapes for which had to calculate the volumes and surface areas. He chose a sub: the U.S.S. Maine: SSBN 741. We wrote to the Navy and got a response back that the crew was delighted someone built a scale model of their ship. It had to be of paper & built from scratch.
    Of course I still have the sub model. A SSBN is a ballistic missile nuclear sub.

  12. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Nice addition to your collection, @Ryan McVay - and hard to find too. I recently got one of these and didn't find many other examples.

    Since Valerian wasn't ruling in 218 (that'd be Caracalla) this wasn't minted at that time for the birth of Gallienus, I suspect. I'm not sure why Diana was used - but as others show above, she did appear on emperor's coins from time to time.

    Here's mine:


    Valerian I Antoninianus
    (253-255 A.D.) See notes
    Viminacium Mint

    AVG, radiate, draped bust right /
    standing right, holding torch
    RIC V 212; Cohen RSC 51;
    Göbl MIR 36, 1560a;
    Cunetio 812 (3 spec.).
    (4.27 grams / 22 x 21 mm)
    eBay Nov. 26, 2023
    Note: Dates, emission info:
    RIC/OCRE: 254-255 A.D.
    CNG: 253-255 A.D. 1st emission
    FORVM: Göbl MIR 1560d,
    SRCV III 9935,
    Cunetio 812 (3 spec.),
    RIC V-1 212 (S, Mediolanum),
    RSC IV 51 (Viminacium),
    Hunter IV - (p. xxxviii),
    FORVM & describe bust as draped and cuirassed.

    Sorry to hear about your vehicle - my 1991 Toyota Celica GT recently passed away (I bought it c. 1995 off my sister, the original owner) - it was a great car, but it literally was rusting in two! Bought another cheap oldie because I hate car payments (and am able to walk to work, so I don't drive much).
  13. Ryan McVay

    Ryan McVay Well-Known Member

    That's a nice start to a "sub-collection"!
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  14. Ryan McVay

    Ryan McVay Well-Known Member

    I just added my own Faustina/ DIANA LVCIF to my collection! That makes Gordian, Valerian and Faustina. I acquired an AE Severus Alexander with a torch bearer too. But it doesn't count in this grouping- it is identified as Selene.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2024
  15. rasielsuarez

    rasielsuarez Active Member

    Sorry Ryan, not a rare type. Hope you got a nice car with a low payment :- )

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  16. Ryan McVay

    Ryan McVay Well-Known Member

    Well, that's a nice collection! I stand corrected! Nowadays there's no such thing as a nice car with low payments! Kinda like trying to find nice sized Greek silver under $250!
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  17. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE

    Mine harkens back to the Republic...

    RImp P Clodius Mf Turrinus AR denarius 20mm 3.6g Rome 42 BCE Laureate hd Apollo R lyre - Diana Lucifera torches Cr 494-23 CRI 184 Syd 1117
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