VALERIAN II AS CAESAR. AV Aureus (3.87 gms), Rome Mint, A.D. 256-258. NGC AU, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 2/5. Brushed. MIR-36, 250b (this coin cited and illustrated); RIC-11 (R3); Calico-3698 (R2; same dies); Jameson-517 (this coin). Obverse: P CL VALERIANVS NOB CAES, bareheaded, draped, and cuirassed bust right; Reverse: PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS, Valerian standing left, holding signum and reversed spear. An <strong>EXCEEDINGLY RARE</strong> and captivating issue, this specimen exhibits a bit of an irregular flan and a few light marks resulting in the brushed designation, but nevertheless displays precious little in the way of actual handling and retains great brilliance and lustrous appeal abounding throughout. For the collector of Roman gold, issues of Valerian II--<em>the eldest son of Gallienus and would-be successor</em>--are extremely difficult to encounter, especially this enticing. When adding in the lofty pedigrees and cabinets which this piece has graced, the heights to which it could soar are rather breathtaking. From the Dr. Michael Rogers Collection, Part II.<p>Ex: UBS 78 (9/2008) Lot # 1882.<p>Ex: Erich von Schulthess-Rechberg (Hess-Leu 17 - 3/1961).<p>Ex: Robert Jameson Collection, # 517.<p>Ex: Claudius Côte Collection.<p>Ex: Egger XLV (11/1913) Lot # 1225.