Roman Imperial coin, (base silver or bronze) Billon antoninianus. Struck during the reign of Publius Licinius Egnatius Gallienus Augustus in honor of his son Publius Licinius Cornelius Valerianus as Caesar, 253-255 C.E. The radiate head of Valerian II faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "VALERIANVS NOBIL CAES" surrounding image. On reverse, the standing figure of Valerian II faces left and crowns a trophy with his right hand to his left and holds a spear in his left hand with the inscriptions "PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS" surrounding image. Small round hole at top of coin possibly for necklace. Obverse and reverse images and inscriptions based on Sear reference; images and inscriptions faded and difficult to decipher.
Date range: 253-255 C.E.
Remarks: The elder son of Gallienus, Valerian II was given the rank of Caesar at the time of his father's elevation to the throne, but died about two years later. Gallienus' sole reign coins were minted in Rome, Milan, Siscia, and possibly Cyzicus and Antioch.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values", (Vol III, 2005), No exact match in Sear--see pages 335-336. Appraisal based on similar coins.
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