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P. Licinius Valerianus

Emperor 253 - 260

Relatives depicted on coins:
Mariniana - wife


Valerian (b. 195), an ex-consul, was appointed by Gallus to campaign on the Upper Danube. After Aemilian's revolt he invaded Italy, and when Aemilian was assassinated Valerian and his son Gallienus were proclaimed joint emperors. Valerian went to the East, where he suppressed the rebellion of Uranius Antoninus and restored order in Syria. His campaigns were successful until 260, when he was besieged in Edessa with an army devastated by plague. Valerian was captured by treachery, ending his days miserably as a slave to Shapur I. Until then the reign had been fairly successful, but with this disaster the empire began to disintegrate. Odenathus of Palmyra seized power in the East, and Gaul, Spain and Britain broke away under Postumus, and there were other less successful revolts. Although an able soldier, Gallienus lacked the leadership qualities to bring the empire back together, and after a series of campaigns in which he won many successes, he was overthrown by a conspiracy of his generals in March 268.
Usurpers
:

Macrianus and Quietus (rare);
Regalianus and his wife Dryantilla (very rare)

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P. Licinius Egnatius Gallienus
Emperor 253 - 268

Relatives depicted on coins:
Salonina - wife;
Valerian II - son;
Saloninus - son

   

GI4917 0351 Gallienus: AE 20 of Colonia Alexandria Troas
$75.00
Obv. IMP GALLIENVS A Laur. & dr. bust r..
Rev. CO AVG TRO Horse grazing r.
4.41 g
Sear GI 4555v; SNGC 205
slight roughness, otherwise VF


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R2896 1126 Valerian: AR 22 Antoninianus
$60.00
Obv. IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS AVG
Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. RESTITVT ORIENTIS
Oriens presents wreath to Valerian
4.24 g
Sear 2896; RIC 286
VF

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R2905* 0860 Valerian: AR 20 Antoninianus
$60.00
Obv. IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS P F AVG
Rad., dr. & cuir. bust r.
Rev. VIRTVS AVGG
Valerian & Gallienus facing
3.23
Sear 2905; C. 276
good VF

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R2940* 1367 Gallienus: AE 23 Antoninianus
$40.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. AEQVITAS AVG Aequitas stg. r.
2.66 g
Sear 2940v, RIC 627
good VF

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R2941* 1368 Gallienus: AE 22 Antoninianus
$40.00
ALIGN=LEFT> Obv. GALLIENVS AVG Rad. bust r.
Rev. AETERNITAS AVG Saturn stg. r.
3.85 g
Sear 2941v, RIC 606 good VF, silvered

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R2942* 1050 Gallienus: AE 22 Antoninianus
$85.00
ALIGN=LEFT> Obv. GALLIENVS AVG
Rad. bust r.
Rev. AETERNITAS AVG
Saturn stg. r.
3.77 g
Sear 2940v, RIC 606
nEF, silvered

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R2948* 1061 Gallienus: AE 22 Antoninianus
$95.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG
Rad. bust r.
Rev. CONSERVATOR AVG in ex. VIIC
Asklepios stg. facing, hd. l.
3.29 g
Sear R2948v, RSC 140; RIC 632
nearly EF, silvered. Rare.

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R2953 0360 Gallienus: AE Antoninianus
$50.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG
Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. DIANAE CONS AVG
Antelope walking l.
3.56 g
Sear 2953, RIC 181
sl. weak strike, otherwise EF

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R2954* 1093 Gallienus: AE 22 Antoninianus
$40.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG
Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. LVNA LVCIF
Diana walking r.
4.03 g
Sear 2954v, RIC 609
sl. rev corr., otherwise nearly EF, silvered

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R2954* 1108 Gallienus: AE 22 Antoninianus
$40.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG
Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. LVNA LVCIF
Diana walking r.
4.28 g
Sear 2954v, RIC 609
nEF/VF, mostly silvered

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R2956* 1059 Gallienus: AE 22 Antoninianus
$85.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG
Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. FIDES AVG
Mercury stg. l.
3.50 g
Sear 2956v, RIC 607
nearly EF, silvered

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R2956* 1147 Gallienus: AE 22 Antoninianus
$85.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. FIDES AVG Mercury stg. l.
3.30 g
Sear 2956v, RIC 607
nEF with intact silvering

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R2966* 1148 Gallienus: AE 22 Antoninianus
$75.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG
Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. IOVI CONSERVATORI
Jupiter stg. l.
3.83 g
Sear 2966v; RIC RIC 641
nEF, silvered

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R2971* 1125 Gallienus: AE 21 Antoninianus
$40.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG Rad. bust r.
Rev. LAETITIA AVG Laetitia stg. l.
3.23 g
Sear 2971v; RIC 616 (Antioch)
sl. uneven, oth. good VF, silvered
This is one of the few Roman coin issues that can be exactly dated: VIIC in exergue = 13th emission under Gallienus = 266 a.d.

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R2978* 1142 Gallienus: AE 21 Antoninianus
$40.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG Rad. bust r.
Rev. LVNA LVCIF Diana walking r.
3.40 g
Sear 2978v; RIC 609 (Antioch)
good VF, silvered

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R2980* 1121 Gallienus: AE 21 Antoninianus
$40.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG Rad. bust r.
Rev. MINERVA AVG Minerva stg. l.
3.41 g
Sear 2980v; RIC 617 VF, silvered
This is one of the few Roman coin issues that can be exactly dated: VIIC in exergue = 13th emission under Gallienus = 266 a.d.

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R2985* 0519 Gallienus: AR 22 Antoninianus
$75.00
Obv. IMP C P LIC GLLIENVS P F AVG
Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. PIETAS AVGG
Valerian & Gallienus sacrificing
3.74 g
Sear 2985v; RIC 446
VF

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R2988* 1120 Gallienus: AE 22 Antoninianus
$40.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG Rad. bust r.
Rev. PROVIDENTIA AVG Mercury stg. l.
3.27 g
Sear 2988v; RIC 653v
VF, silvered

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R2989* 1150 Gallienus: AE 21 Antoninianus
$40.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG Rad. bust r.
Rev. ROMAE AETERNAE Roma seated l.
3.06 g
Sear 2989v; RIC 655
uneven, oth. EF, silvered

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R2990 0759 Gallienus: AE 22 Antoninianus
$35.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG Rad. & cuir. bust r.
Rev. SALVS AVG Apollo stg. l.
3.40 g
Sear 2990, RIC 610 (Asia mint)
VF, partly silvered


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R2990* 1105 Gallienus: AE 20 Antoninianus
$95.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. SALVS AVG Apollo stg. l.
4.30 g
Sear 2990v, RIC 610
EF with intact silvering

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R2991 2474 Gallienus: AR 20 Antoninianus
$60.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG
Rad. bust r.
Rev. SECVRIT PERPET
Securitas stg. l.
3.21 g
Sear 2991; RIC 280
rev. flatness, oth. EF w.superb portrait

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R2993 1118 Gallienus: AE 22 Antoninianus
$40.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. SOLI INVICTO Sol stg. l.
3.70 g
Sear 2993, RIC 658
good VF, silvered

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R2993* 1100 Gallienus: AE 22 Antoninianus
$95.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. SOLI INVICTO Sol stg. l.
3.45 g
Sear 2993v, RIC 611
EF with intact silvering


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R2993* 1149 Gallienus: AE 22 Antoninianus
$40.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. SOLI INVICTO Sol stg. l.
3.41 g
Sear 2993v, RIC 611
good VF, silvered
This is one of the few Roman coin issues that can be exactly dated: PXV in exergue = 15th emission under Gallienus = 267 a.d.


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R2997* 0522 Gallienus: AE 23 Antoninianus
$50.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG
Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. VENER VICTRICI
Venus stg.l.
3.51 g
Sear 2997v; RIC 660
VF

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R2998* 0615 Gallienus: AR Antoninianus
$100.00
Obv. IMP C P LIC GALLIENVS AVG Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. VICTORIA AVGG Victory adv. l.
3.75 g
Sear 2998v; RIC 299(J) EF, nice dark toning

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R2998* 1123 Gallienus: AE 22 Antoninianus
$40.00
Obv. GALLIENUS AVG Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. VENERI VICTRICI Venus stg. l.
3.43 g
Sear 2998v; RIC 660 VF, silvered

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R2999* 1132 Gallienus: AE 22 Antoninianus
$40.00
Obv. GALLIENUS AVG Rad. bust r.
Rev. VICTORIA AVG Nike stg. l.
3.83 g
Sear 2999v; RIC 386 good VF, silvered

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R3001* 1102 Gallienus: AE 22 Antoninianus
$85.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG
Rad. bust r.
Rev. VIRTVS AVG / VII C
Virtus stg. r.
3.94 g
Sear 3001v; RIC 612
nearly EF, silvered

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R3001* 1666 Gallienus: AE 22 Antoninianus
$75.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG
Rad. bust r.
Rev. VIRTVS AVG / VII C
Virtus stg. r.
5.37 g
Sear 3001v; RIC 329
gVF, mostly silvered

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R3002 1141 Gallienus: AE 22 Antoninianus
$45.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG
Rad. bust r.
Rev. VIRTVS AVG
Gallienus stg. r., armed
3.83 g
Sear 3002; RIC 670
good VF, silvered
The reverse emphasizes his many military successes


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R3002* 1111 Gallienus: AE 22 Antoninianus
$75.00
Obv. GALLIENVS AVG
Rad. bust r.
Rev. VIRTVS AVGVSTI
Hercules stg. r.
4.03 g
Sear 3002v; RIC 673
nEF, silvering largely intact

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R3036* 2939 Salonina: AE 21 Antoninianus (silvered)
$200.00
Obv. CORN SALONINA AVG Diad.& dr.bust r.
Rev. CONCORDIA AVG Concordia presenting wreath to Gallienus
4.63 g
Sear 3036v, similar (but not identical) to Goebl 1706Ac, unpublished?
VF, irregular toning, very rare.
One other example from the same issue (but not the same dies) was sold by the great French numismatic firm CGB (article no. 2570). No other specimen from this issue is known to Classical Coins. It appears to have been struck in Antioch, perhaps just after the capture of Valerian by the Persians terminated his joint reign with Gallienus.


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R3045* 1124 Salonina: AE 22 Antoninianus
$45.00
Obv. SALONINA AVG Dr. bust r. on crescent
Rev. VENVS AVG Venus stg. l.
3.34 g
Sear 3045v, RIC 86 (Antioch)
sl. uneven, oth. gVF, silvered
This is one of the few Roman coin issues that can be exactly dated: PXV in exergue = 15th emission under Gallienus = 267 a.d.


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R3047* 0616 Salonina: AE 19 Antoninianus
$22.50
Obv. SALONINA AVG Dr. bust r. on crescent
Rev. VENVS VICT Venus stg. l.
3.94 g
Sear 3047v, RIC 67
small flan, otherwise good VF


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R3061 0333 Salonina: Billon Tetradrachm
$45.00
Obv. KOPNHΛIA CALONEINA CEB
Diad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. L - E
Eagle stg. l.
9.99 g
Sear 3061; BMC 2272
worn obv. die, otherwise VF

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R3071 0335 Valerian II Caesar: AR Antoninianus
$50.00
Obv. DIVO VALERIANO CAES Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. CONSACRATIO Valerian II ascends on eagle flying r.
2.56 g
Sear 3071; RIC 9
Uneven strike on ragged flan, otherwise VF

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R3083 0617 Saloninus Caesar: Billon 20 Antoninianus
$55.00
Obv. SALON VALERIANVS NOB CAES Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. SPES PVBLICA Spes presenting flower to Saloninus
3.55 g
Sear 3083, RIC 36
flat rev. strike, otherwise VF


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