You neglected to tell us what’s really good
about this coin. It is a product of the mint
of Viterbo, a small town perched on top of what looks like a butte out of Montana.
How can you tell it’s from Viterbo? St. Lawrence
, martyr, feast, August 10, is the patron
of Viterbo. He was roasted over a slow fire on August 10, 258, during the golden days of Valerian I
[253-260]. What did he do to merit
such a toasty death? When the magistrate ordered him to deliver the Church
’s treasures, he brought a flock of poor
people into court and declared: "These are the treasures of the Church
The judge was not amused. He was condemned to be fried
slow. While cooking, he held out a well done arm
to the judge and said: "Do you want something to eat?" Valerian heard about this and was even less amused than the judge.
may have done the same thing to Valerian I
in 260. I wonder if the Emperor had
a come-back-line as good