This hammered silver Antoninianus coin was stamped during the three month-long rule of Aemilian in 253. The obverse, seen above, depicts a bust of Aemilian facing right and wearing a spiked crown. The bust is draped and cuirassed, meaning there is evidence of military armor under the fabric. He served as emperor for the three months after defeating the invading Goths but was ultimately killed by his own men. The stamped motto states, "IMP AEMILIANVS PIVS AVG", which roughly translates to, "Emperor Aemilianus, Dutiful Augustus." On the reverse, Hercules, Roman god and hero known for his strength and adventures, stands in the center facing right. He leans on a club with his right hand, holds a bow with his left hand, and there is a lion skin draped over his left arm. The stamped legend states, "ERCVL VICTORI", which translates loosely to, "Hercules, the Victor."


  • Title: Silver Roman Coin of Aemilian
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 253
  • Location Created: Unknown
  • Physical Dimensions: 13/16" X 13/16
  • Type: Coin
  • Medium: Metal, Silver
  • Collection: The D'Argenio Collection

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