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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Crisis and Decline| > |Valerian I| > MA93740
Valerian I, October 253 - c. June 260 A.D.
This ironic reverse 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 Sasanian (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.
MA93740. Billon antoninianus, GŲbl MIR 1685e (Samosata), RSC IV 189 (Antioch), RIC V-1 287 (Antioch), SRCV III 9967 (uncertain Syrian mint), Choice VF, well centered on a broad flan, light toning, flow lines, porosity, uncertain Syrian mint, weight 4.556g, maximum diameter 22.2mm, die axis 0o, 255 - 256 A.D.; obverse IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse RESTITVT ORIENTIS (to the restorer of the East), turreted female (Oriens) standing right, presenting wreath to Valerian, standing left, wearing military attire, spear vertical in left hand; SOLD

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