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Orichalcum reduced sestertius, RIC V 216, C -, aVF/F, 12.464g, 25.2mm, 180o, Rome mint, [IMP C P LIC GALLI]ENVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right; reverse [IOV]I CONSERVATORI S C, Jupiter standing left, thunderbolt in right, scepter in left.  Ex Forum.

My best/most interesting ones are mostly unphotographed.  I omitted posting low-grade Sestertii.

My favorite (affordable) Gallienus types; the heroic bust Antoninianii from the Gallic military mint and the Sestertii.

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Awesome! I'm looking forward to watching it in full. Here are two Valerians -- favorites from my Captives Collection (one type, diff. obv. & rev. dies). They're not in great condition, but historically interesting, and relatively rare variants (though there are at least half a dozen readily locatable on ACSearch). As everyone recalls, he was captured in 260 by the Sassanian King, Shapur I. 

About 3 years before being captured by Shapur, he struck these coins showing Victory looming over an eastern (Parthian) captive w/ the legend VICT PART. (I titled my blog post "The Irony of Valerian's Captive.")




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Another well made video, congratulations:


Here are some Alexandrian coins not shown in the video:



Valerian I
Obv.: A K Π ΛI OΥAΛEΡIANOC EΥEΥC,Laureate and cuirassed bust of Valerian I right
Rev.: Eagle standing left, head right, holding wreath in beak, year L - Є across fields (year 5 = 257-258 AD.)
Billon, 10.8g, 21.8mm
Ref.: Köln 2868, Dattari 5185, Kampmann&Ganschow 88.29, Emmett 3705



Valerian II
Obv.: Π ΛΙΚ ΚΟΡ ΟΩΑΛΕΡΙΑΝΟC KAIC CEB, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: eagle standing left, head right, wreath in beak, year L - Є across fields (year 5 = 257-258 AD.)
Billon, 10.51g, 23mm
Ref.: Geissen 2997, Dattari 5374



Alexandria, year 15 = AD 267/268
Obv.: ΑVT K Π ΛIK ΓAΛΛIHNOC CЄB, laureate and cuirassed bust right
Rev.: LIЄ = year 15, eagle, wings closed, standing left on thunderbolt, wreath in beak, palm in field right
Billon, 11.96g, 22.8mm
Ref.: Geissen III 2944; Kampmann 90.97
Ex Lanz Numismatik


Billon tetradrachm
Obv.: KOPNHΛIA CAΛWNEINA CEB, diademed and draped bust right
Rev.: Eagle standing left, LIΔ (year 14, 266/267), palm right
Billon, 9,69g, 22.3mm
Ref.: Geißen 2977 f., Dattari 5345, BMC 2253, Milne 4134




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@Leo....Thoroughly enjoyed the video and have now subscribed....I really like how you put across the history behind the coins...Thanks.


Valerian I AR Antoninianus.Rome AD 255-256 ...2.93g
Obverse..IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS PF AVG, radiate, draped bust right
Reverse..FELICITAS AVGG, Felicitas standing left holding caduceus and cornucopiae.
RIC 87, Cohen 55; Sear 9936.



Gallienus, Antoninianus, Minted AD 258-259 (Joint reign)
Obverse..GALLIENVS dot P dot F dot AVG Radiate, curaissed bust right
Reverse..GERMANICVS MAX V trophy between two seated and bound German captives
RIC VI#18 variant obv legend dots..

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4 hours ago, Leo said:

New episode is live! Hope you enjoy this little explanation of this short-lived dynasty established by emperor Valerian.

Post any coins from the Valerian dynasty that you have!


Leo, I found the video entertaining & well narrated, thanks for posting ☺️. Pictured below is my favorite coin of Valerian & Gallienus. 



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Excellent video, @Leo! Here's my favorite Valerian, a DEO VOLKANO:

Valerian I, AD 253-260.
Roman AR antoninianus, 2.69 g, 21.2 mm, 7 h.
Colonia Agrippina (Cologne) mint, AD 259-260.
Obv: VALERIANVS·P·F·AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: DEO VOLKANO, Vulcan standing left within tetrastyle temple, hammer raised in right hand, tongs downward in left.
Refs: RIC 5 (inaccurately attributed to the Lugdunum mint); Cohen 2 (inaccurately attributed to Valerian II); RSC 50c; Göbl 884d; Hunter IV 56; RCV 9934.


Mariniana, died AD 253.
Roman AR Antoninianus, 3.04 g, 23.5 mm, 5 h.
Rome mint, AD 253-257.
Obv: DIVAE MARINIANAE, veiled, draped bust r., on crescent.
Rev: CONSECRATIO, peacock standing facing, head l., tail in splendor.
Refs: RIC 3; Cohen 3; RCV 10067; Temeryazev & Makarenko 560; Eauze Hoard-1318 (23 spec.); Cunetio Hoard-646 (22 spec.).
My favorite Gallienus:
Gallienus, 253-268 AD.
Roman Æ Antoninianus, 2.63 g, 20.8 mm, 5 h.
Rome Mint, 10th emission, 267-268 AD.
Obv: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right.
Rev: LIBERO P CONS AVG, tiger walking left, B in exergue.
Refs: RIC 230K; Göbl 713b; Cohen 586; RCV 10281; Cunetio 1341; Hunter 112.
My favorite Salonina -- "IVNO REGINA"! Look carefully at the reverse legend.

Salonina VINO REGINA Antioch.jpg
Salonina, AD 253-268.
Roman billon antoninianus, 4.64 g, 23.3 mm.
Antioch, AD 264.
Obv: SALONINA AVG, diademed draped bust right on crescent.
Rev: VINO REGINA, Juno standing left, holding patera and scepter; peacock at feet left; star in left field.
Refs: RIC 92 var.; Cohen 67 var.; RCV 10641 var.; Göbl 1619f var.

It says VINO REGINA -- "Wine the queen"!!
Saloninus, Caesar AD 258-260.
Roman billon antoninianus, 2.39 g, 22.2 mm, 12 h.
Cologne, AD 258-260.
Obv: SALON VALERIANVS CAES, radiate and draped bust, right.
Rev: PIETAS AVG, lituus, jug, simpulum and sprinkler.
Refs: RIC 9; Göbl 914e; Cohen 41; RCV 10767; Cunetio 744; Hunter 8.
And last but not and least, Valerian II:
Valerian II, Caesar AD 256-258.
Roman billon antoninianus, 3.14 g, 22.5 mm, 5 h.
Cologne, AD 257-258.
Obv: VALERIANVS CAES, radiate and draped bust, right.
Rev: IOVI CRESCENTI, infant Jupiter seated facing on goat standing right, his right hand raised.
Refs: RIC 3; Göbl 907e; Cohen 26; RCV 10731; Hunter 9.
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I found another interesting coin of Valerian worth posting ☺️. I won this hefty bronze at a CNG auction last January.


CILICIA, Corycus. Valerian I, AD 253-260. AE Octassarion: 23.48 gm, 34 mm, 6 h. Obverse: Radiate, draped, & cuirassed bust seen from the front & facing right. Reverse: Dionysus wearing a nebris, holding thyrsus & wine skin over panther; to the left an inscribed container on a three legged table containing a caduceus, palm frond, & aplustre. SNG von Aulock 5686. CNG E-Auction 112, lot 128, April 13, 2005.

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Here’s a Gallienus to contribute, my first Valerian dynasty coin! 

GALLIENUS (253-268). Antoninianus. Samosata.

Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Valerian and Gallienus standing facing one another, each holding sceptre and sacrificing over lighted altar between them.

MIR 1684m; RIC 446.

Weight: 3.60 g.
Diameter: 20 mm.


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