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Sestertius with bust of Divus Valerian II, struck under Valerian I and Gallienus

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Obverse: draped bust of Divus Valerian II, to the right DIVOCAESVALERIANO Reverse: Funeral pyre of five tiers hung with garlands and surmounted by quadriga CONSE CRATIO; in exergue: S C


By 1964: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Auction 28, no. 460); by 1977: with Bank Leu AG, Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich (Leu auction 18, May 5, 1977, Saal der Zunft zum Kambel, Limmatquai 52, Zurich, lot 378); purchased by MFA at Bank Leu auction 18; accessioned by MFA, June 8, 1977

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 258




Diameter: 32.5 mm. Weight: 25.31 gm.

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Medium or Technique

Bronze (with traces of gilding)


The Ancient World


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