Antoninianus with bust of Valerian I
about A.D. 255–256
Diameter: 23 mm. Weight: 3.71 gm. Die Axis: 12
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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.