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AD 253 - 260 Original Roman Empire Roman Silver Antoninianus of Valerian 1st Coin Bi Double Denarius

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AD 253 - 260 Original Roman Empire Roman Silver Antoninianus of Valerian 1st Coin Bi Double Denarius

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Auction Date:2018 Dec 27 @ 20:00 (UTC-7 : PDT/MST)
Location:2320 W Peoria Ave Suite B142, Phoenix, Arizona, 85029, United States
Very rare authentic ancient Roman coin. The coin has been authenticated and encapsulated by NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation). Graded VF.

Upon taking the throne, Valerian headed east, to take on the dreaded Persians and their nefarious ruler, Shapur I. He won Syrian territory until plague struck his army before the Battle of Edessa, which he lost to the Persians. He arranged a meeting with Shapur, to negotiate terms of a truce, but his rival violated the spirit of the meeting by taking him captive. He remained in the hands of the Persians from 260 until his death five years later. Valerian was the only Roman Emperor ever held as a prisoner of war. Far from treating him with the dignity befitting his office, Shapur delighted in humiliating him. Valerian was paraded around Persia in chains, and used as a footstool every time Shapur needed to mount his horse. The details of his death vary, depending on the source. Some say that when he offered a ransom for his release, Shapur had him swallow molten gold; others, that he was flayed alive. What seems certain is that his body was skinned, tanned, stuffed, and mounted on the wall in Shapur’s palace, like a trophy fish, where it remained for generations.