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Valerian I, Gallienus & Valerian II Caesar, 256 - 258 A.D., Nicaea, Bithynia
Nicaea remained an important town throughout the imperial period. Although only 70 km (43 miles) from Constantinople, Nicaea did not lose its importance when Constantinople became the capital of the Eastern Empire. The city suffered from earthquakes in 358, 362 and 368; after the last of which, it was restored by Valens. During the Middle Ages, it was a long time bulwark of the Byzantine emperors against the Turks.
RP88854. Bronze AE 24, SNGvA
720 (same obv.
die); Rec Gen
II.3 p. 504, 824; BMC Pontus
p. 176, 151 corr.
; SNG Cop
-; SNG TŁbingen
-, F, dark brown patina
, light earthen deposits, tight flan
, central depressions, Nicaea (Iznik, Turkey) mint, weight
8.315g, maximum diameter
24.3mm, die axis
, 256 - 258 A.D.; obverse
AVT OVAΛEPIANOC / ΓAΛΛHNOC / OYAΛEPIAN/ANOC in four lines arcing above, confronted radiate
, draped and cuirassed
busts of Valerian I
, on left, and Gallienus
, on right; bare headed bust
of Valerian II
right between them; CEBB below; reverse
three prize crowns, the middle containing two palm
fronds, the outer two each containing one palm
frond, MEΓICTΩN APIC/TΩN arcing in two lines above, NICAIEΩN in exergue
Catalog current as of Sunday, May 26, 2019.
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