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Valerian I, Gallienus & Valerian II Caesar, 256 - 258 A.D., Nicaea, Bithynia
Nicaea remained an important town throughout the imperial period. Although only 70 km (43 miles) from Constantinople, Nicaea did not lose its importance when Constantinople became the capital of the Eastern Empire. The city suffered from earthquakes in 358, 362 and 368; after the last of which, it was restored by Valens. During the Middle Ages, it was a long time bulwark of the Byzantine emperors against the Turks.
RP88854. Bronze AE 24, SNGvA 720 (same obv. die); Rec Gen II.3 p. 504, 824; BMC Pontus p. 176, 151 corr.; SNG Cop -; SNG TŁbingen -, F, dark brown patina, porosity, light earthen deposits, tight flan, central depressions, Nicaea (Iznik, Turkey) mint, weight 8.315g, maximum diameter 24.3mm, die axis 180o
, 256 - 258 A.D.; obverse AVT OVAΛEPIANOC / ΓAΛΛHNOC / OYAΛEPIAN/ANOC in four lines arcing above, confronted radiate, draped and cuirassed busts of Valerian I, on left, and Gallienus, on right; bare headed bust of Valerian II right between them; CEBB below; reverse three prize crowns, the middle containing two palm fronds, the outer two each containing one palm frond, MEΓICTΩN APIC/TΩN arcing in two lines above, NICAIEΩN in exergue; scarce
Catalog current as of Tuesday, June 18, 2019.
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