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Ticinum was a municipality and an important military site (a castrum) under the Roman Empire. In 476, Odoacer defeated Flavius Orestes at Ticinum after a long siege. To punish the city for helping his rival, Odoacer destroyed it completely. After the Lombard's conquest, Pavia became the capital of their kingdom, 568 - 774. Dates of operation: c. 274 - 326 A.D. Mintmarks: T.
Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.
On 8 October 314, at the Battle of Cibalae, Constantine defeated Licinius near ColoniaAurelia Cibalae (modern Vinkovci, Croatia). Licinius was forced to flee to Sirmium, and lost all of the Balkans except for Thrace. The two Augusti initiated peace negotiations, but they failed and they would not make peace until 1 March 317.RL74460. Billonfollis, RIC VII Ticinum 8 (R2), SRCV IV 16086, Cohen VII 536, Hunter V 138 var. (2nd officina), EF, well centered on a slightly crowded flan, weight 3.376 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, 313 - 314 A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, laureate and cuirassedbust right; reverseSOLI INVI-C-TO COMITI, Sol standing slightly left, radiate, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, celestial globe in left hand, star in left field, TT in exergue; ex William B. Porter Collection; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00
Maximian, 286 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D.
Diocletian associated himself with Jupiter, the head of the Roman pantheon. His co-emperor, Maximian, associated himself with Hercules. This connection between gods and emperors helped to legitimize the emperors' claims to power and tied imperial government closer to the traditional cult.RS73863. Silveredantoninianus, RIC V 547, Venera Hoard 6025 - 6058 (34 spec.), Cohen VI 236, SRCV IV 13125 var. (obv. legend), VF, well centered, some silvering remains, some corrosion, weight 3.454 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 0o, 6th officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, 286 A.D.; obverse IMP M AVR VAL MAXIMIANVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassedbust right, from the front; reverseHERCVLI CONSERVAT, Hercules standing right, nude, right hand behind back presumably holding apples of the Hesperides, leaning with left hand on his club, which has the Nemean Lion's skin draped over it, VIXXIT in exergue; ex Harlan J. Berk; $75.00 SALE PRICE $67.50
Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.
In 277 A.D., Probus began his campaign in Gaul, clearing the Goths and Germanic tribes from the province.RB48410. Billonantoninianus, RIC V, part 2, 366, VF, weight 3.894 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 0o, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, 277 A.D.; obverseVIRTVS PROBI AVG, radiate, helmeted and cuirassedbust left, holding spear and shield decorated with florets and stars; reverseFIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left, standard in each hand, VIXXTin ex; rare with this shield decoration; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00
Aurelian, August or September 270 - October or November 275 A.D.
Ticinum was a municipality and an important military site (a castrum) under the Roman Empire. In 476, Odoacer defeated Flavius Orestes at Ticinum after a long siege. To punish the city for helping his rival, Odoacer destroyed it completely. After the Lombard's conquest, Pavia became the capital of their kingdom, 568 - 774.RA67085. Billonantoninianus, MER-RIC 1550, BnF XII 634, RIC V 152, Hunter IV 63, Venèra Hoard 5548 - 5609, Normanby 1269, gVF, near full silvering, weak reverse, weight 3.554 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, issue 4, Nov 274 ? Sep 275; obverse IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassedbust right; reversePROVIDEN DEOR (foresight of the gods), Fides on left holding standard in each hand facing Sol standing left, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, globe in left, TXXT in exergue; $55.00 SALE PRICE $49.50
Tacitus, 25 September 275 - June 276 A.D.
Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks, who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. Her father Asclepius learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one serpent bringing another healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing.RB48408. Silveredantoninianus, RIC V -, Venèra Hoard 1307-1328 (LV 1859), VF, weight 3.991 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 0o, 1st emission, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, c. Oct - Dec 275 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassedbust right; reverseSALVS AVG, Salus seated left, feeding snake rising from altar, T in ex; type unlisted in RIC; rare; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Carinus, First Half 283 - Spring 285 A.D.
Providentia is the personification of the ability to foresee and make provision. She was among the embodiments of virtues that were part of the Imperial cult of ancient Rome. Providentia figures in art, cult, and literature, but has little or no mythology as such.RS60035. Billonantoninianus, RIC V, part 2, 303; Cohen VI 111; Pink VI-2, p. 28; SRCV III 12353, Hunter IV -, VF, weight 4.146 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 0o, 6th officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, 4th emission, 283 A.D.; obverse IMP CARINVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassedbust right; reversePROVIDENT AVGG, Providentia standing left, heads of grain downward in right hand over modius at feet on left, cornucopia in left hand, VIXXI in exergue; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00