Coin Catalogue

Aemilian 253 A.D.

Those who live by the sword die by the sword. This old cliche could well have been phrased after the life and death of Aemilian. When Trebonianus Gallus’s hold on power had weakened after a series of setbacks, the troops of Aemilian who were battling barbarians along the Danube declared him Augustus and he seized the opportunity to depose Gallus. The plan worked just as expected and Aemilian subsequently enjoyed a brief reign. Valerian, one of the generals commissioned under Gallus, heard of the news and refused to accept the new emperor. Finding it favorable among his own troops, he was promptly declared emperor himself and headed to Rome to avenge the death of his old boss. Aemilian for his part answered the challenge and went with his army to confront Valerian. When it became evident that Valerian’s forces were larger, however, his soldiers killed him rather than risk their own lives.

AR Antoninianus


RIC 2b, C 10 Antoninianus Obv: IMPAEMILIANVSPIVSFELAVG – Radiate, draped bust right.
Rev: DIANAEVICTRI – Diana standing facing, holding arrow and bow. 253 (Rome).



RIC 3b, C 13 Antoninianus Obv: IMPAEMILIANVSPIVSFELAVG – Radiate, draped bust right.
Rev: ERCVLVICTOR – Hercules standing right, resting hand on club and holding bow with lion’s skin. 253 (Rome). $500 1/16/02.



RIC 5b, C 22 Antoninianus Obv: IMPAEMILIANVSPIVSFELAVG – Radiate, draped bust right.
Rev: MARTIPACIF – Mars advancing left, holding branch and spear with shield. 253 (Rome).



RIC 6, C 25 Antoninianus Obv: IMPAEMILIANVSPIVSFELAVG – Radiate, draped bust right.
Rev: MARTIPROPVGT – Mars standing left, resting hand on shield and holding spear. 253 (Rome). $400 5/21/03.



RIC 9, C 41 Antoninianus Obv: IMPAEMILIANVSPIVSFELAVG – Radiate, draped bust right.
Rev: ROMAEAETERN – Roma standing left, holding phoenix on globe and scepter. 253 (Rome).



RIC 11, C 53 Antoninianus Obv: IMPAEMILIANVSPIVSFELAVG – Radiate, draped bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVG – Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm. 253 (Rome). $350 2/11/02.



RIC 14, C 17 Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESAEMILIANVSPFAVG – Radiate, draped bust right.
Rev: IOVICONSERVAT – Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and scepter; Aemilian to left. 253 (Rome). $245 2/4/04.



RIC 15, C 23 Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESAEMILIANVSPFAVG – Radiate, draped bust right.
Rev: MARTIPACIF – Mars advancing left, holding branch and spear with shield. 253 (Rome).



RIC 18, C 33 Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESAEMILIANVSPFAVG – Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PMTRPIPP – Aemilian standing left, sacrificing over altar; standard in background. 253 (Rome).




AE As


RIC 51b, C 50 As Obv: IMPAEMILIANVSPIVSFELAVG – Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: SPESPVBLICA – Spes advancing left, holding flower and raising skirt; SC across fields. 253 (Rome). $900 5/13/03.


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