ROMAN EMPIRE, DIVO VALERIO commemorative for Valerian II


ROMAN EMPIRE, Gallienus, 253-268 AD, antoninianius, no date (258 AD), Rome mint, Obverse: radiate bust R, DIVO CAES VALERIANO, Reverse: altar enclosure, CONSECRATIO, billon, 19mm, 3.34g, honoring Valerian II, SR10608, crude, VF

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Gallienus, son of Valerian I, was raised to co-Emperor by his father, Valerian I. In the midst of war between Rome and several enemies he carried out major reforms of administration, the military, and the economy. As was frequently the case in that century, he was assassinated by members of his staff while fighting against a rebel.

The Roman Empire was a system of theoretically constrained autocracy. The Emperor was supposed to be accepted by the Senate, which was supposed to be representing the people. It became difficult to restrain the autocrats. The succession problem was never solved. Many Emperors were murdered. In the 4th century AD the Empire was split for administrative purposes into eastern and western branches, the west devolving into local kingdoms in the 5th century AD, while the eastern branch continued as what we call the Byzantine Empire until 1453.

“Ancient Coins” includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.