Roman Imperial coin, (base silver) Billon antoninianus. Struck during the reign of Publius Licinius Valerianus Augustus in honor of his wife Mariniana after her death (c. 253 C.E.), 253-260 C.E. The draped and veiled head of Mariniana rests on a crescent and faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "DIVAE MARINIANAE" surrounding image. On reverse, the standing figure of a peacock, the bird of the goddess Juno, faces right and spreads its plumage with the inscription "CONSECRATIO" surrounding image. Reverse inscription based on Sear reference; reverse is slightly off struck rendering the inscription difficult to decipher.
Date range: 253-260 C.E.
Remarks: The wife of Valerian: it would seem that she died before her husband's accession, as all her coins are commemorative. Valerian's coins were minted in Rome, Lugdunum, Milan, Viminacium, and Antioch.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values", (Vol III, 2005), #10069, pg 276.
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