Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Blake Davis, May 6, 2021.
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RIC V Valerian 74 = one of the best portraits of Valerian I have seen.. I have searched far and wide for a nice one. Congratulations on that. @Cucumbor has some very special coins as well.
Rough, but I think it has an interesting, expressive portrait. He looks a little worried - he should be:
Valerian Æ Sestertius
[IMP C P L]IC VALERIANVS PF [AVG], laureate and cuirassed bust right / [FELICI]TAS A[VGG], SC, Felicitas standing left, holding long caduceus in right hand and cornucopiae in left.
RIC 157; Sear 10011.
(15.09 grams / 26 mm)
Valerian, As - Rome mint, AD 255-258
IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS P F AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and scepter. S - C in field
Ref : RCV # 10032, Cohen # 96
The changing mint attributions for Valerian are indeed confusing. Our discussion on this topic has made me consult Göbl's catalogue at the library. Göbl assigns your coin (MIR 36, 811d) to Viminacium but dates it to 253/254 (i.e. before the relocation of the mint).
Also, after reading up on this, I couldn't resist buying this coin, partly for the mint reattribution, partly for the Mercury reverse. Mercury is rarely found on Roman imperial coins. RIC attributed it to Viminacium, but Göbl makes a good argument for Antioch:
Valerian I, Roman Empire, AE/BI antoninian, 253–255 AD, Antioch mint (RIC: Viminacium) mint. Obv: IMP C P LIC VALE[RIANVS P] F AVG; bust of Valerian, radiate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: FORTVNA REDVX; Mercury, nude except for cloak draped over l. shoulder, standing left, wings on head, holding purse in r. hand and caduceus in l. hand. 22mm, 3.59g. RIC V Valerian 214; MIR 36, 1561a. Ex Savoca, Blue Auction 102, lot 1052.
Beautiful coin! And RARE!
With that said there are some beauties in this thread! Particularly the example posted by @Spaniard. It gets Valerian's features in without becoming too uncanny, a hard balancing act!
On the contrary to Valerian, I have coins of Philip and Decius that are beautiful and were very affordable.
My new one - it appears to be entirely base metal - maybe a limes (2.48 grams):
The one I already had has fairly decent silver for the era (3.63 grams):
That's Saturn on the reverse - usually described as a scythe, it looks more like a harpa he's holding. But I don't know much about these ancient implements.
Valerian I Antoninianus
Viminacium (RIC) or Antioch Mint (Göbl)
IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS AVG, radiate, draped [and cuirassed?] bust right / AETERNITATI AVGG, Saturn veiled, draped, standing right, holding scythe
RIC 210; Göbl 1559a.
That's a great Valerian and the kind of thing I've got my eye out for. I'm quite keen on ironic reverses as well. I've seen "Libertas" and "Oriens" reverses which tick that box.
That looks like an elephant goad, though I have no idea if such an identification is otherwise plausible. Here’s a picture from the Met. Fair use.
An elephant goad! That does look like the object on the coin, but I doubt RIC is going to change their description.
Thanks for sharing that. It is a beautiful object.
This really is a beautiful reverse- I THINK a similar type is illustrated in the Sayles book on provincial coins - a wonderful series, by the way. One of my interests at one time was finding the "last provincial" - which would be of Aurelian, I think. I did have one - quite nice too - but unhappily sold it in order to afford coins in my collecting interest, which is again changing.
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