Roman AE Salonina (AD 253-268) NGC (AU)
In the spring of A.D. 260, the Roman Emperor Valerian was taken prisoner by the Persian "King of Kings." This humiliating capture, unprecedented in the long annals of Rome, ended Valerian's reign, leaving his overmatched son Gallienus on the throne. By then, Julia Cornelia Salonina had been wife to Gallienus for almost a decade, bearing him three sons: the princes Valerian II, Saloninus, and Marinianus. The middle son, Saloninus, was executed in 260 in Gaul during the insurrection that led to the creation of the Gallic Empire.