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Diva Mariniana. Died before AD 253. AR Antoninianus (20mm, 3.89 g, 7h). Consecration issue. Rome mint. 1st emission of Valerian and Gallienus, AD 253-254. Veiled and draped bust right, wearing stephane, set on crescent / Peacock standing facing, head left, tail in splendor. RIC IV 3; MIR 36, 212b; RSC 2. Toned. VF.

Ex N. M. McQ. Holmes Collection (Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 442, 17 April 2019), lot 87a; Glendining’s (8 October 1990), lot 233.

Mariniana was presumably the wife of the Emperor Valerian and the mother of Gallienus, the longest-reigning rulers of the chaotic mid third century AD. All of her coinage is posthumous and lacks the title of Augusta, indicating she died before Valerian achieved the throne in AD 253. She was probably either the daughter or sister of Egnatius Marinianus Victor, Roman governor of Arabia Petraea and Moesia Superior, whose career is known from inscriptions.