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Aemilian, July or August - October 253 A.D.

M. Aemilius Aemilianus was born in Mauretania and rose to become governor of Moesia during the reign of Trebonianus Gallus. Aemilian bribed his troops to declare him emperor, using money intended for the Goths to maintain peace. When he invaded Italy, the troops of Gallus and Volusian switched sides and murdered the two co-emperors. However, when the forces of the future emperor Valerian entered Italy, Aemilian suffered the same fate as his predecessors. He was murdered after a reign of about 88 days.


Aemilian, July or August - October 253 A.D., Viminacium, Moesia Superior

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Aemilian only ruled for 88 days!

Viminacium was a Roman Colony founded by Gordian III in 239 A.D. The usual legend is P.M.S. COL. VIM., abbreviating Provinciae Moesiae Superioris Colonia Viminacium. The usual type is a female personification of Moesia standing between a lion and a bull. The bull and the lion were symbols of the Legions VII and IV, which were quartered in the province.
RP84857. Bronze AE 28, H-J Viminacium 96 (R5); Varbanov I 229 (R8); AMNG I/I 185; BMC Thrace p. 20, 47, VF, well centered, marks and scratches, light porosity, weight 11.721 g, maximum diameter 27.5 mm, die axis 45o, Viminacium (Stari Kostolac, Serbia) mint, 253 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AEMIL AEMILIANVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse P M S COL VIM, Moesia standing facing, head left, extending hands over bull on left standing right and lion on right standing left, AN XIV (year 14 of the Viminacium colonial era) in exergue; ex Colosseum Coin Exchange; rare; $200.00 SALE PRICE $180.00 ON RESERVE


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SH34977. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 6, RSC IV 25, SRCV III 9837, Eauze hoard 1111 (9 spec.), Cohen 25 (6 Fr.), gVF, uneven toning, weight 2.879 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, obverse IMP AEMILIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse MARTI PROPVGT (to Mars the defender), Mars standing left in military dress, right resting hand on grounded shield, reversed spear vertical in left; ex Harlan Berk; rare; SOLD


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SH45505. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 21, RSC IV 52, SRCV III 9845, gVF, weight 3.545 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 253 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES AEMILIANVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse VICTORIA AVG (the victory of the Emperor), Victory walking left, wreath in right hand, palm frond in left hand; rare; SOLD







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OBVERSE LEGENDS

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REFERENCES

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Cohen, H. Description historique des monnaies frappťes sous l'Empire Romain, Vol. 5: Gordian I to Valerian II. (Paris, 1885).
Mattingly, H.B., E.A. Sydenham & C.H.V. Sutherland. The Roman Imperial Coinage, Vol IV, From Pertinax to Uranius Antoninus. (London, 1986).
Robinson, A. Roman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, University of Glasgow, Vol. III. Pertinax to Aemilian. (Oxford, 1977).
Seaby, H.A. & D.R. Sear. Roman Silver Coins, Volume IV, Gordian III to Postumus. (London, 1982).
Sear, D.R. Roman Coins and Their Values III, The Accession of Maximinus I to the Death of Carinus AD 235 - AD 285. (London, 2005).
Vagi, D. Coinage and History of the Roman Empire. (Sidney, 1999).

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