Coin of Metropolis with bust of Valerian I, struck under Vanicia

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 253–260

Mint: Asia: Ionia, Metropolis


Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 6.46 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Valerian right.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Prize crown with two palms.
Inscription in Greek on crown, around and in exergue.

(Note that the reverse was incorrectly termed an urn on the original file card from which the inscriptions were photocopied for media images here)


By date unknown: in the collection of an English clergyman (now MFA 65.636-65.870); about 1963: collection purchased at auction in London by Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; collection purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., June 9,1965

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour