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ERIC Table of Contents


Title Page

Introduction

About Roman Coins

Denominations

Coins of Other Ancient Cultures

Identifying Roman Coins

How To Use This Book

Mintmarks

Mint Map

Pricing And Grading

Bibliography

Reference Catalogs Cited

Coin Terms Used

Glossary

Rarity Tables

Index of Rulers

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Imperial Catalog:

AUGUSTUS
LIVA
AGRIPPA
NERO CLAUDIUS DRUSUS
GERMANICUS
AGRIPPINA I
TIBERIUS
DRUSUS
ANTONIA
CALIGULA
CLAUDIUS I
BRITANNICUS
AGRIPPINA II
NERO
GALBA
CLODIUS MACER
OTHO
VITELLIUS
VESPASIAN
DOMITILLA
TITUS
DOMITIAN
DOMITIA
JULIA TITI
NERVA
TRAJAN
PLOTINA
MARCIANA
MATIDIA
HADRIAN
SABINA
AELIUS
ANTONINUS PIUS
FAUSTINA I
MARCUS AURELIUS
FAUSTINA II
LUCIUS VERUS
LUCILLA
COMMODUS
CRISPINA
PERTINAX
DIDIUS JULIANUS
MANLIA SCANTILLA
DIDIA CLARA
PESCENNIUS NIGER
CLODIUS ALBINUS
SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS
JULIA DOMNA
CARACALLA
PLAUTILLA
GETA
MACRINUS
DIADUMENIAN
ELAGABALUS
JULIA MAESA
JULIA SOAEMIAS
JULIA PAULA
AQUILIA SEVERA
ANNIA FAUSTINA
SEVERUS ALEXANDER
JULIA MAMAEA
ORBIANA
MAXIMINUS I
PAULINA
MAXIMUS
GORDIAN I
GORDIAN II
BALBINUS
PUPIENUS
GORDIAN III
TRANQUILLINA
PHILIP I
OTACILIA SEVERA
PHILIP II
PACATIAN
JOTAPIAN
TRAJAN DECIUS
HERENNIA ETRUSCILLA
HERENNIUS ETRUSCUS
HOSTILIAN
TREBONIANUS GALLUS
VOLUSIAN
AEMILIAN
CORNELIA SUPERA
SILBANNACUS
URANIUS ANTONINUS
VALERIAN I
MARINIANA
VALERIAN II
GALLIENUS
SALONINA
SALONINUS
REGALIANUS
DRYANTILLA
POSTUMUS
LAELIANUS
MARIUS
VICTORINUS
DOMITIAN II
TETRICUS I
TETRICUS II
QUIETUS
MACRIANUS
CLAUDIUS II
QUINTILLUS
AURELIAN
SEVERINA
ZENOBIA
VABALATHUS
TACITUS
FLORIAN
PROBUS
SATURNINUS
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CARINUS
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NIGRIAN
NUMERIAN
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DIOCLETIAN
MAXIMIAN
CARAUSIUS
ALLECTUS
DOMITIUS DOMITIANUS
CONSTANTIUS I
THEODORA
GALERIUS
GALERIA VALERIA
SEVERUS II
MAXENTIUS
ROMULUS
CONSTANTINE I
HELENA
FAUSTA
ALEXANDER
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CONSTANTIA
MAXIMINUS II
LICINIUS II
CRISPUS
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CONSTANS II
MAXIMINUS
PRISCUS ATTALUS
JOVINUS
SABASTIANUS
CONSTANTIUS III
GALLA PLACIDIA
JOHANNES
VALENTINIAN III
LICINIA EUDOXIA
HONORIA
PETRONIUS MAXIMINUS
AVITUS
MAJORIAN
LIBIUS SEVERUS
ANTHEMIUS
EUPHEMIA
ANICIUS OLYBRIUS
GLYCERIUS
JULIUS NEPOS
ROMULUS AUGUSTUS
ARCADIUS
EUDOXIA
PULCHERIA
THEODOSIUS II
EUDOCIA
MARCIAN
LEO I
VERINA
LEO II
ZENO
ARIADNE
BASILISCUS
ZENONIS
LEONTIUS I
ANASTASIUS I
ANONYMOUS COINAGE

ERIC The Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins
by Rasiel Suarez


Aemilian 

  Augustus 253 

Those who live by the sword die by the sword. This old clichť could well have been phrased after the life and death of Aemilian. When Trebonianus Gallus's hold on power had weakened after a series of setbacks, the troops of Aemilian who were battling barbarians along the Danube declared him Augustus and he seized the opportunity to depose Gallus. The plan worked just as expected and Aemilian subsequently enjoyed a brief reign. Valerian, one of the generals commissioned under Gallus, heard of the news and refused to accept the new emperor. Finding it favorable among his own troops, he was promptly declared emperor himself and headed to Rome to avenge the death of his old boss. Aemilian for his part answered the challenge and went with his army to confront Valerian. When it became evident that Valerian's forces were larger, however, his soldiers killed him rather than risk their own lives. 
 
 
With only three months on the job Aemilian is definitely one of the more obscure emperors of the period. His coins are not excruciatingly difficult to find but they donít turn up everywhere either. And even the low grade specimens can still be expected to cost at least a hundred dollars so long as they can be positively identified. 
 
A nice Antoninianus will cost in the neighborhood of $200-$300 with truly choice specimens being so rare that there can be no dependable estimates.  

Busts: 

 
1) Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right 
2) Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right 
3) Radiate, draped bust right 

 

Obverses: 

 
1) IMP AEMILIANVS PF AVG 
2) IMP AEMILIANVS PIVS FEL AVG 
3) IMP CAES AEMILIANVS PF AVG 
4) IMP M AEMIL AEMILIANVS PF AVG 

 

Reverses: 

 
2) APOL CONSERVAT 
3) APOLL SALVTARI 
6) DIANAE VICTRI 
7) ERCVL VICTORI 
10) MARTI PACIF 
12) MARTI PROPVGT 
13) PACI AVG 
14) PAXS AVG 
15) PM TR P I PP 
16) PM TR P IIII COS II PP 
17) PM TR POT 
18) ROMA AETERN 
19) ROMAE AETERN 
21) SALVS AVG 
26) No legend 

 

Types: 

 
1) Aemilian standing left, holding branch and scepter
2) Aemilian standing left, holding patera and spear. 
3) Aemilian standing left, sacrificing over altar and holding scepter 
4) Aemilian standing left, sacrificing over altar and holding scepter; standard to left 
5) Aeternitas standing, facing, holding phoenix on globe and raising skirt. 
6) Apollo standing left, holding branch and resting hand on lyre on rock 
7) Diana standing left, holding arrow and bow 
8) Hands, in handshake 
9) Hercules standing left, resting hand on club and holding bow with lion skin 
10) Hercules standing right, resting hand on club and holding bow with lion skin 
11) Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and scepter; Aemilian to lower left. 
12) Mars advancing left, holding branch and spear with shield
13) Mars standing left, resting hand on shield and holding spear. 
14) Pax advancing left, holding branch and scepter 
15) Pax standing left, holding branch and scepter 
16) Pax standing left, leaning on column and with legs crossed, holding branch and cradling scepter
17) Pietas standing left, sacrificing over altar and holding incense box 
18) Roma standing left, holding phoenix on globe and spear; shield to side 
19) Salus seated left, feeding snake on altar
20) Spes advancing left, holding wreath and palm
21) Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm
22) Victory standing left, wheel by feet. 
23) Virtus standing left, resting hand on shield and holding spear. 
24) Virtus standing left, stepping on helmet, holding branch and spear 
25) Wreath, VOTIS / DECEN / NALIBVS within 

 
 

Mint: 

 
1) Roma 

 
AR Antoninianus Reference(s) 
 
1) B2, O3, R08, T11 RIC IViii 14, C 17 
2) B2, O3, R10, T12 RIC IViii 15, C 23 
3) B2, O3, R15, T04 RIC IViii 16, C 33 
4) B2, O3, R23, T20 RIC IViii 20, C 48 
5) B2, O3, R24, T21 RIC IViii 21, C 52 
6) B2, O3, R25, T24 RIC IViii 22, C 59 
7) B3, O2, R02, T06 RIC IViii 1, C 2 
8) B3, O2, R06, T07 RIC IViii 2b, C 10 
9) B3, O2, R07, T10 RIC IViii 3b, C 13 
10) B3, O2, R10, T12 RIC IViii 5b, C 22 
11) B3, O2, R12, T13 RIC IViii 6, C 25 
12) B3, O2, R13, T16 RIC IViii 8, C 26 
13) B3, O2, R19, T18 RIC IViii 9, C 41 
14) B3, O2, R23, T20 RIC IViii 10, C 47 
15) B3, O2, R24, T21 RIC IViii 11, C 53 
16) B3, O2, R26, T25 RIC IViii 13, C 64 
17) B3, O3, R07, T10  

 
 
18) B1, O2, R26, T25 Exe: SC RIC IViii 42a, C 65 
19) B1, O3, R01, T05 RIC IViii 55, C 1 
20) B1, O3, R02, T06 RIC IViii 43, C 3 
21) B1, O3, R25, T24 RIC IViii 53, C 62 
22) B1, O3, R26, T25 Exe: SC RIC IViii 54, C 67 

 
AE As 
 
23) B2, O1, R23, T20 RIC IViii 51b, C 50 

 

Aemilian Busts 

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Aemilian Types