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Coin of Nicaea with bust of Valerian I

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Obverse: Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust of Valerian 1 to left. Inscription in Greek. Reverse: At left and in center radiate figures of Valerian and Gallienus holding spears. At right, geographical divinity (?) with branch. Inscription in Greek. Ruler: Valerian I


By date unknown: Lord Grantley's Collection; probably in the 1950s: acquired by Cornelius C. Vermeule III at Spink & Son, Ltd., 5, 6 & 7 King Street, St. James's, London, S.W. 1; 1998 year-end gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, A.D. 253–260


Nicaea, Bithynia


Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 9.45 gm. Die Axis: 11

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The Ancient World


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