Valerian II [Junior] (AD 256 - AD 258)

Valerian II (P Cornelius Licinius Valerianus)was the eldest son of Gallienus and Salonina. Shortly after Gallienus' elevation to the role of joint emperor with Valerian Senior, the younger Valerian (II) was accorded the title Caesar, probably during AD 255. Coins were issued in his name with the idea of establishing an Imperial dynasty extending to a third generation, something not seen in the Roman world for many years. Unfortunately the younger Valerian was murdered some time around AD 257, possibly at the hands of his protector, Ingenuus.

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Valerian II 'Infant Jupiter on Goat' Antoninianus 020685

Valerian II 'Infant Jupiter on Goat' Antoninianus
Silver, 3.79 grams, 22.68 mm. Lyons. 256-258 AD. Obverse: VALERIANVS CAES, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of young Valerian right. Reverse: IOVI CRESCENTI, infant Jupiter, riding goat Amalthea right. RIC V-1, 3; Cohen 26; Sear 10731. Very fine.

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Valerian II 'Infant Jupiter on Goat' Antoninianus 020685

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