Roman Empire, Valerian (253-260 CE), Antoninianus(C)

ROM-SL-VALERIAN1ST
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Roman Empire, Valerian (253-260 CE), Antoninianus(C)

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  • Order Code: ROM-SL-VALERIAN1ST
  • Size: 23
  • Weight/Dimensions: 3-4.7 g
  • Metal: Silver
  • Obverse: Portrait of emperor
  • Reverse: Various pagan deities reflecting contemporary political, military, and religious themes
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Valerian is famous for being taken captive by the Sassanian Persian king Shapur I, after his defeat at the Battle of Edessa, the first Roman Emperor to be captured as a prisoner of war. The worst however was yet to come, he was used as a human footstool by Shapur for mounting his horse. After a while, Valerian offered Shapur a huge ransom for his release. Shapur responded by forcing Valerian to swallow molten gold and then had him skinned and stuffed with straw and preserved as a trophy.