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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

Photography Credits

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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
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QUIETUS
MACRIANUS
CLAUDIUS II
QUINTILLUS
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ZENOBIA
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TACITUS
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NIGRIAN
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DIOCLETIAN
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CARAUSIUS
ALLECTUS
DOMITIUS DOMITIANUS
CONSTANTIUS I
THEODORA
GALERIUS
GALERIA VALERIA
SEVERUS II
MAXENTIUS
ROMULUS
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HELENA
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LICINIUS II
CRISPUS
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PRISCUS ATTALUS
JOVINUS
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CONSTANTIUS III
GALLA PLACIDIA
JOHANNES
VALENTINIAN III
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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


Valerian II 

    Caesar c.273-274 

Son of Gallienus (or possibly Valerian). This young boy was left in the care of Ingenuus, a trusted general under the employ of Gallienus. Valerian died under mysterious circumstances not too long after and Ingenuus rebelled. The easiest conclusion to make is that Ingenuus murdered him to pursue his imperatorial career. However, it is just as likely that Valerian died of natural causes and that Ingenuus, afraid of being blamed, took the drastic step of usurping the throne as a precautionary step. 
 
While not rare, Valerian II is an obscure Caesar whose coins for the most part survive in deplorable condition. This keeps prices down but also keeps interest down in his series as well. 
 
While the young Valerian was alive a modest run of coins was issued in his name and after dying a somewhat longer series of posthumous coins of the deified prince was put into circulation. 
 
Most of these coins, no big surprise, were of the severely debased silver Antoniniani type. Finding one that has survived in mint state condition is likely a pipe dream but reasonably appealing coins can be bought for under $100 largely thanks to slipping ďunder the radarĒ of many collectors.  

Busts:  

1) Bare head right 
2) Bare headed bust right 
3) Bare headed, draped and cuirassed bust right 
4) Bare headed, draped bust right 
5) Radiate head right 
6) Radiate, draped bust right 

 

Obverses: 

 
1) C P L VALERIANVS CAES 
2) COR LIC VALERIANVS CAES 
3) COR VALERIANVS CAESAR 
4) DIVO CAES VALERIANO 
5) DIVO CAESAR VALERIANO 
6) DIVO CAESARI VALERIANO 
7) DIVO VALERIANO CAES 
8) LIC VALERIANVS CAES 
13) P LIC COR VALERIANVS CAES 
14) P LIC VALERIANVS CAES 
15) VALERIANVS CAES 
16) VALERIANVS NOBIL CAES 

 

Reverses: 

 
1) CONSACRATIO 
8) ORIENS 
9) PIETAS AGG 
11) PIETAS AVGVSTORVM 
12) PM TR P V COS IIII PP 
13) PRINC IVVENTVTIS 
16) RESTITVTOR GALLIARVM 

 

Types: 

 
1) Altar 
2) Eagle standing left. 
3) Eagle standing right 
4) Eagle, standard on either side. 
5) Funeral pyre 
6) Gallienus seated left, holding globe and scepter 
7) Jupiter riding goat left 
8) Jupiter riding goat right. 
9) Liberalitas standing left, holding coin counter and cornucopia
10) Monetae (3) standing left, each holding scale and cornucopia 
11) Sacrificial implements: simpulum, cruet, lituus, etc. (variously arranged). 
12) Spes advancing left, holding flower and raising skirt. 
13) Standards (3) 
14) Temple with (4) columns, Vulcan within, holding hammer and tongs with anvil to lower left. 
15) Valerian II riding eagle right, upwards 
16) Valerian II standing left, crowning trophy and holding spear with shield
17) Valerian II standing left, holding globe and spear. 
18) Valerian II standing left, holding hand of kneeling Gallia to left and scepter
19) Valerian II standing left, holding standard and scepter
20) Valerian II standing left, holding standard and spear. 
21) Valerian II standing left, holding wand and scepter 
22) Valerian II standing left, holding wand and spear; two standards to right. 
23) Valerian II standing left on right, holding spear,  receiving wreath from Victory to left, holding palm 

 

Mints: 

 
1) Antioch 
3) Roma 

AU Aureus Reference(s) 
 
1) B3, O12, R15, T18 RIC Vi 11 

 
 
2) B6, O12, R10, T11 RIC Vi 20, C 50 
3) B6, O13, R10, T11 RIC Vi 19 
4) B6, O13, R15, T21 
5) B6, O13, R18, T23 RIC Vi 53 
6) B6, O13, R19, T23 RIC Vi 54 
7) B6, O14, R05, T08 RIC Vi 13 
8) B6, O15, R05, T08 RIC Vi 3, C 26 
9) B6, O15, R10, T11 RIC Vi 4, C 52 
10) B6, O16, R04, T13 RIC Vi 46, C 24 
11) B6, O16, R13, T16 RIC Vi 49, C 67 

 
 
12) B5, O04, R02, T03 Exe: S  
13) B6, O04, R02, T01 RIC Vi 24a, C 13 
14) B6, O07, R01, T15 RIC Vi

 
 
15) B3, O12, R15, T19 RIC Vi 30, C 80 

 
 
16) B3, O04, R02, T05 Exe: SC RIC Vi 35, C 17 

 

Valerian II Busts 

Valerian II Types