Son of Gallienus (or possibly Valerian). This young boy was left in
the care of Ingenuus, a trusted general under the employ of Gallienus. Valerian
died under mysterious circumstances not too long after and Ingenuus rebelled.
The easiest conclusion to make is that Ingenuus murdered him to pursue his
imperatorial career. However, it is just as likely that Valerian died of natural
causes and that Ingenuus, afraid of being blamed, took the drastic step of
usurping the throne as a precautionary step.
AE Antoninianus 256--258 A.D.
3.39 g., 21 mm.
Obv. DIVO VALERIANO CAES: Radiate and draped bust right
Rev. CONSACRATIO: Eagle, wings extended, standing left, head right
Goebl-910c (18 spec,), Cunetio Hoard-741 (33 spec.), C. 2, RIC 8, Van Meter 1/1