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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Crisis and Decline| > |Valerian I| > RS64727
Valerian I, October 253 - c. June 260 A.D.
Lucifer means lightbringer, from the Latin lux light and ferre to bear or bring. The word Lucifer is found in only one place in the Bible -- Isaiah 14:12 -- but only in the King James and related versions: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! The King James Version is based on the Vulgate, the Latin translation of Jerome. Jerome translated the Hebrew helel (bright or brilliant one) as lucifer, which was a reasonable Latin equivalent. And yet it is this lucifer, the bright one or lightbearer, that came to be understood by so many as the name for Satan, Lord of Darkness.
RS64727. Silver antoninianus, GŲbl MIR 1560d, SRCV III 9935, Cunetio 812 (3 spec.), RIC V-1 212 (S, Mediolanum), RSC IV 51 (Viminacium), Hunter IV - (p. xxxviii), VF, well centered and struck on a compact flan, light toning, porosity., Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight 3.946g, maximum diameter 20.8mm, die axis 180o, 254 - 255 A.D.; obverse IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse DIANA LVCIFERA, Diana standing right, holding flaming long torch transverse in both hands; rare; SOLD











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