Valerian I 253-260AD silvered antoninianus
Size: 22mm Weight: 4.0 grams
Obverse: IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS AVG, radiate and draped bust right
Reverse: IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupier standing left holding scepter and thunderbolt
PVBLIVS LICINIUS VALERIANVS was born shortly after 190. He was commanding troops along the Rhine when Trebonianus Gallus was killed during Aemilian's revolt in July, 253. Valerian's troops hailed him Augustus and he quickly moved into Italy to confront Aemilian, who was then killed by his own men in September, 253. Valerian and his son (and co-Augustus) Gallienus set out in 254 to restore the Empire's frontiers, Valerian taking the east and Gallienus the west. After six years of warfare, Valerian was captured by treachery by the Sassanians in May, 260, and he died in captivity at an unknown date.