Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR antoninianus. Struck during the reign of Marcus Aemilius Aemilianus Augustus in Rome, 253 C.E. The radiate head of Aemilian faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "IMP AEMILIANVS PIVS FEL AVG" surrounding image. On reverse, the standing figure of Hercules faces right and rests his right hand on a club and a bow and a lion's skin in his left with the inscriptions "ERCVL VICTORI" surrounding image.
Date: 253 C.E.
Remarks: A native of Mauretania, he was governor of Moesia in the reign of Gallus, and having successfully repulsed an invasion of his province by the Goths, he was hailed as Augustus by his troops. He subsequently invaded Italy and the soldiers of Gallus and Volusian, realizing the superiority of their adversary, murdered the joint-emperors and transferred their allegiance to Aemilian. About three months later, however, a similar fate overtook the emperor: Publius Licinius Valerianus, who had been summoned by Gallus to his assistance, remained faithful to the memory of the late emperors and, after having been proclaimed emperor by his troops, invaded Italy. Aemilian advanced to meet him, but was murdered by his own men, leaving Valerian master of the Roman world. Aemilian's coins were minted in Rome and a Balkan mint.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values", (Vol III, 2005), #9832, pg 251.
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Italy/Rome|