, October 253 - c. June 260 A.D., Tyre,
Dido, the founder and first queen of , is primarily known from Virgil's Aeneid. Upon succeeding their father as of Tyre, Dido's brother Pygmalion had her husband Sichaeus killed in a plot to seize his immense wealth. Dido, with a large group of friends and followers, escaped Tyre, carrying with them all of Sichaeus? treasure. As depicted on the of this coin, Dido made a sacrifice at the temple of Melqart-Hercules before leaving. The on some other Valerian types, we know of one example struck with this same die, depict Dido in beginning construction.
RP75357. Bronze , Unpublished in the many references examined by , cf. 2354 ( and ), 2503 (same), VF, , porous, adjustment marks, 11.064 g, maximum 28.9 mm, 180o, Tyre mint, Oct 253 - Jun 260 A.D.; IMP CP LIC VALERIANVS AVG, laureate and right; COL TVRO MET, Dido standing right, on , extending both toward a temple of Melqart-Hercules in perspective to upper right, club within the temple, flaming column at her feet, shell on right below temple; from the J. Collection; the best of the few examples of the known to ; extremely ; $1100.00 (€957.00)
, October 253 - c. June 260 A.D., ,
Located near Lampsacus, belonged to the Delian League. In the Hellenistic period it was in the domain of and then the Attalid dynasty. refounded it as a within the province of . After was divided in the 4th century, it was in the province of Hellespontus.RP70938. Bronze AE 21, 304; 1343; p. 108, 116, VF, perfect centering, struck with a damaged die, 4.774 g, maximum 20.7 mm, 180o, mint, IMP VALERIANVS , ,draped and right; Capricorn swimming right, holding celestial globe between legs, on back, below; ex Russian Coins; $450.00 (€391.50)
in traditional Latin usage expressed a complex, highly valued Roman virtue; a man or woman with respected his or her responsibilities to the gods, family, other people, and entities (such as the state), and understood his or her place in society with respect to others. RS64726. , 1684l (Samosata), 285 (Antioch), 152, 9955 (uncertain Syrian mint), VF, 3.930 g, maximum 20.8 mm, 180o, Syrian mint, 256 - 258 A.D.; IMP C VALERIANVS , , draped and right; , Valerian and standing , sacrificing over between them, each togate and holding short ; $45.00 (€39.15)
This ironic utterly failed to foresee Valerian's fate. In 260 A.D., after four years of great losses in battle and to plague, Valerian arranged for talks. He set off with a small group to discuss terms with the (Parthian) Emperor Shapur but was never seen again. The date of his death is unknown. In Rome it was rumored that Shapur used his stuffed body as a footstool.
RIC assigns this issue to Antioch but MIR gives the issue to a second Eastern mint located at Samosata.RS40231. , 1700q (Samosata), 287 (Antioch), 9967 (uncertain Syrian mint), aVF, 3.496 g, maximum 22.9 mm, 180o, Syrian mint, 258 - 260 A.D.; IMP C VALERIANVS , , draped and right; , turreted female (the Orient) presenting wreath to the Emperor standing left holding spear, above; $27.00 (€23.49)
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