Antoninianus with bust of Valerian I

Roman
Imperial Period
about A.D. 255–256


Mint: Antioch

Dimensions

Diameter: 23 mm. Weight: 3.71 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

88.491

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Bust of Valerian I, radiate, draped and cuirassed, to right.
IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS P F AVG
Reverse: Two emperors standing face to face, one holding spear and globe, the other holding Victory and spear.
VIRTVS AVGG

Provenance

December, 1885, discovered by Don Mariano Lazzari at Cerveteri, Italy and sold, through Pietro Pennelli, to Rodolfo Lanciani (b. 1845 – d. 1929), Rome; 1888, sold by Lanciani to the MFA for $491.89 [purchase price for MFA accession nos. 88.345 – 88.530]. (Accession Date: January 1, 1888)

NOTE: See Helen Nagy, "Etruscan Votive Terracottas from Cerveteri in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: A Glimpse into the History of the Collection," Etruscan Studies 11 (2008), pp. 101-119.

Credit Line

Everett Fund