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The Scott Collection of "Aequiti" Probus Embedded Codeword Antoniniani

The coins of Probus offer a unique and very interesting collecting focus - the embedded codeword series of antoniniani struck at Rome and Ticinum. Each of these coins was struck with a single letter of a codeword embedded in the mintmark. Each officina (workshop) at the mint was assigned one letter of a codeword. When the coins of each embedded codeword type are assembled in officina order, the embedded letters spell out the codewords AEQVITI (at Rome), and AEQVIT and later EQVITI (at Ticinum). Click "AEQVITI" to read the NumisWiki article, "Coins of Probus with Coded Markings of AEQVITI Embedded in the Mintmark." Click "codeword or codewords" to read the NumisWiki article, "The Translation of the Codewords AEQVITI, IOBI and HPKOYΛI."


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D., EQVITI Series III of Ticinum, Q, SXXI
Click for a larger photo Ticinum mint EQVITI series III - click "EQVITI" to read the NumisWiki article, "Coins of Probus with Coded Markings of EQVITI Embedded in the mint mark." The letter "Q" in the reverse field is the second letter of the codeword EQVITI. The letter "S" in the exergue indicates this coin was struck by the second officina (mint workshop). The letters of the word EQVITI are coded in the mint marks of coins from all the officinae of the mint, with the specific letters of the codeword assigned to each officina in order corresponding with their officina numbers. This codeword probably refers to cavalry. It may be AEQVITI truncated because there were only six officinae in operation.
RB25956. Silvered antoninianus, RIC V 491, gVF, weight 3.418 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, obverse VIRTVS PROBI AVG, radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left arm; reverse PROVIDENT AVG, Providentia standing left holding globe in right and transverse scepter in left, Q in left field, * right, SXXI in ex; nice bust with Probus ready to fight, near full silvering; SOLD

Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.; EQVITI Series III of Ticinum, V * TXXI
Click for a larger photo Ticinum mint EQVITI series III - click "EQVITI" to read the NumisWiki article, "Coins of Probus with Coded Markings of EQVITI Embedded in the mint mark." The letter "V" in the reverse field is the third letter of the codeword EQVITI. The letter "T" in the exergue indicates this coin was struck by the third officina (mint workshop). The star indicates this is from the third Ticinum series. The letters of the word EQVITI are coded in the mint marks of coins from all the officinae of the mint, with the specific letters of the codeword assigned to each officina in order corresponding with their officina numbers. This codeword probably refers to cavalry. It may be AEQVITI truncated because there were only six officinae in operation.
RB25957. Silvered antoninianus, RIC V 499, gVF, weight 2.763 g, maximum diameter 22.7 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, obverse IMP C PROBVS AVG, radiate and mantled bust left holding eagle-tipped scepter; reverse SALVS AVG, Salus standing right feeding snake held in arms, V left, * right, TXXI in ex; excellent centering, strong reverse, small flan crack; SOLD

Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.; EQVITI Series II of Ticinum, V, TXXI
Click for a larger photo Ticinum mint EQVITI series II - click "EQVITI" to read the NumisWiki article, "Coins of Probus with Coded Markings of EQVITI Embedded in the mint mark." The letter "V" in the reverse field is the third letter of the codeword EQVITI. The letter "T" in the exergue indicates this coin was struck by the third officina (mint workshop). The letters of the word EQVITI are coded in the mint marks of coins from all the officinae of the mint, with the specific letters of the codeword assigned to each officina in order corresponding with their officina numbers. This codeword probably refers to cavalry. It may be AEQVITI truncated because there were only six officinae in operation.
RB25952. Bronze antoninianus, RIC V 500, gem EF, weight 3.973 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, obverse VIRTVS PROBI AVG, helmeted, radiate and cuirassed bust left, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left; reverse SALVS AVG, Salus standing right feeding snake held in arms, V left, TXXI in ex; ex Kunker, auction 111, 7026; SOLD


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Probus coins in FORVM's Catalog
Coins of Probus with Coded Markings of AEQVITI Embedded in the Mintmark
Translation of the Codewords AEQVITI, IOBI and HPKOYΛI
NumisWiki Probus Page
Doug Smith’s EQVITI Page





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