Valerian I Emperor of the Roman Empire from 253 to 260.
Publius Licinius Valerianus Augustus, also known as Valerian the Elder, was Roman Emperor from 253 to 260 AD.

Early in his reign, affairs in Europe went from bad to worse, and the whole West fell into disorder. In the East, Antioch had fallen into the hands of a Sassanid vassal and Armenia was occupied by Shapur I. Valerian headed East to face the Persian threat.

He was taken captive by Sassanian Persian king Shapur I after the Battle of Edessa, becoming the first Roman Emperor to be captured as a prisoner of war, causing shock and instability throughout the Empire. He was used as a footstool for Shapur's horse and eventually executed; He was made to swallow molten gold, then stuffed and displayed as a trophy in the main Persian temple.
Valerian I
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An BL Tetradrachm struck 255-256 AD in Alexandria
Obverse: laureate cuirassed bust right; A K Π ΛI OVAΛEPIANOC EV EV C

Reverse: Homonoia seated left, holding double cornucopiae and rising hand; L Γ

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 11.1 g
29 Aug 255 - 28 Aug 256 AD
Emmett 3712, Milne 3905
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An AE Triassarion struck 253-254 AD in Anazarbus
Obverse: radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right AVT K OVAΛEPIANOC CE

Reverse: Tyche standing left, agnostic crown in both hands; ANAZAPBOV EN_ΔOX M(HT) ET BOC / T/Γ/Γ _ A/K/M

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 9 g
No notes for this coin
SNG Levante 1521, Zeigler 806, BMC 40, SNG France 2141-3, SNG von Aulock 5513
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An AE unit struck 253-254 AD in Ulpia Traiana (Dacia)?
Obverse: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; IMP P LIC VALERIANO AVG

Reverse: Dacia holding branch and scepter standing half-left between lion and eagle; PROVIN_CIA DACIA / AN VIII

Diameter: 26.5 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 10.48 g
No notes for this coin
Pick-Martin Ref.: 7.56.(1/2)
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An AE unit struck 255-256 AD in Mopsus
Obverse: Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right AVT·K·OVAΛEPIANOC·CEB

Reverse: Tyche standing right, presenting agonistic urn containing two palm fronds to Valerian I and Gallienus, each seated left on curule chair. AΔP OVA ΓAΛ MOΨEATΩN DΩPEAI ET ΓKT

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 16.2 g
No notes for this coin
SNG Levante 1358 (var)
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An BL Antoninianus struck 254-255 A.D. in Antioch
Obverse: IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS AVG, Radiate, draped bust right

Reverse: FELICITAS SAECVLI, Diana advancing right, holding torch with two hands.

Diameter: 20.5 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 3.92 g
50
RIC 213
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An BL Antoninianus struck 255-256 A.D. in Antioch
Obverse: IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS AVG, radiate draped bust right

Reverse: PIETAS AVGG, Emperors (Valerian and his son Gallienus) sacrificing at altar.

Diameter: 22 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 4.2 g
20
RIC 284
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An BL Antoninianus struck 255-256 A.D. in Antioch
Obverse: IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS AVG, radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed

Reverse: VIRTVS AVGG, Valerian and Gallienus facing each other, holding spears, one holding Victory and the other a globe.

Diameter: 21 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 4.3 g
30
RIC292
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An BL Antoninianus struck 253 A.D. in Antioch
Obverse: IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right

Reverse: VOTA ORBIS, two Victories holding shield inscribed S C, palm tree behind.

Diameter: 24 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 3.5 g
35
RIC 294
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An BL Antoninianus struck AD 255-256 in Samosata
Obverse: IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS P F AVG, radiate and draped bust right

Reverse: PIETAS AVGG, Valerian and Gallienus standing facing each other, sacrificing over altar

Diameter: 19 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 3.69 g
No notes for this coin
RIC 285; RSC 152; Sear 9955
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An AR Antoninianus struck 257-259 AD in Antioch
Obverse: IMP VALERIANVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right

Reverse: FELICITAS AVGG, Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopia

Diameter: 23.4 mm
Die Orientation: 11 H
Weight: 3.16 g

EX-Agora Auctions lot 31-189

RIC 283; RSC 56; Göbl 1599a
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An AR Antoninianus struck 258 AD in Lugdunum
Obverse: Radiate draped bust right / VALERIANVS P F A

Reverse: Vulcan in temple with hammer and pincers, anvil at foot / DEO VOLKANO

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 4.01 g
No notes for this coin
RIC 5, Kampm.88.15, f.vz
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An BL Antoninianus struck 254-255 AD in Antioch
Obverse: radiate and draped bust right; IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS AVG

Reverse: Mercury standing left, holding purse and caduceus; FORTVNA REDVX

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 3.8 g
No notes for this coin
RIC V 214; MIR 36, 1561a; RSC 75
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An BL Antoninianus struck 256 AD in Viminacium?
Obverse: radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS AVG

Reverse: Roma seated left, holding Victory and scepter; ROMAE AETERNAE

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 3.5 g
No notes for this coin
RIC V 221
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An BL Antoninianus struck 255-256 AD in Rome
Obverse: radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS P F AVG

Reverse: Liberalitas holding abacus and cornucopia; LIBERALITAS AVGG III

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 2.43 g
No notes for this coin
Göbl MIR 69c, RIC V 104, RSC IV 119, SRCV III 9948
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An BL Antoninianus struck 255-256 AD in Antioch | Samosata
Obverse: radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS AVG

Reverse: turreted woman standing right, presenting wreath to Valerian standing half left, wearing military dress, holding scepter; RESTITVT ORI_ENTIS

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 4.5 g
1st emission
RIC 286var (Büste), RSC 188var (dito), MIR 1677e.
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An BL Tetradrachm struck 259-260 AD in Alexandria
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; A K Π ΛI OVAΛEPIANOC EV EV C

Reverse: eagle standing left, head right, wreath in beak; L_Z

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 11.3 g
29 Aug 259 - 28 Aug 260 AD
BMC Alexandria p. 281, 2149; Milne 4034; Dattari 5183 ff. var. (date)
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An AE unit struck 253-260 AD in Damascus
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust left from behind; IMP CAES P LIC VALERIANVS

Reverse: vexillum, eagle on both sides; DAMAS METRO

Diameter: 22.5 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 9 g
No notes for this coin
For obv., cf. De Saulcy 1 (rev. legend, vexillum inscribed) & CNG e341, 74 (same); for rev., cf. CNG e421, 461 (Salonina); BMC -.