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Tacitus, 25 September 275 - June 276 A.D.

Tacitus was an elderly senator in the reign of Aurelian, and after the latter's death was selected as Augustus by the senate. After personally leading his army in a successful campaign against a Gothic invasion, the emperor, aged around 75, died.

|Tacitus|, |Tacitus,| |25| |September| |275| |-| |June| |276| |A.D.||double| |aureliani|
Jupiter or Jove, Zeus to the Greeks, was the king of the gods and god of the sky and thunder, and of laws and social order. As the patron deity of ancient Rome, he was the chief god of the Capitoline Triad, with his sister and wife Juno. The father of Mars, he is, therefore, the grandfather of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. Emperors frequently made vows to Jupiter for protection. The Roman's believed as the king of the gods, Jupiter favored emperors and kings, those in positions of authority similar to his own.
RB72834. Billon double aureliani, MER-RIC 4096, RIC V-1 211 (R2), BnF XII p. 436, Venèra -, aEF, centered, light corrosion on reverse near edge 12:00 - 3:00, weight 3.640 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 180o, 8th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 3rd emission, Jan - Jun 276 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CLEMENTIA TEMP (time of peace and calm), Emperor in military dress standing right, holding short eagle-tipped scepter in left hand, receiving a globe from Jupiter standing left, holding long scepter vertical behind in left, holding spear, H in center, XI in exergue; very rare; SOLD


|Tacitus|, |Tacitus,| |25| |September| |275| |-| |June| |276| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Pax, regarded by the ancients as a goddess, was worshiped not only at Rome but also at Athens. Her altar could not be stained with blood. Claudius began the construction of a magnificent temple to her honor, which Vespasian finished, in the Via Sacra. The attributes of Peace are the hasta pura, the olive branch, the cornucopia, and often the caduceus. Sometimes she is represented setting fire to a pile of arms.
SH12555. Silvered antoninianus, MER-RIC 3849 (8 specimens), Venèra 2365 (one spec. pl. 19, different dies), RIC V-1 -, Cohen VI -, Choice EF, sharp details, nice green patina with traces of silvering, weight 3.830 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, 6th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, issue 5, early - Jun 276; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse PAX AVGVSTI (to the peace of the emperor), Pax advancing left, olive branch in right hand, long scepter transverse in left hand, VI in exergue; very rare; SOLD


|Tacitus|, |Tacitus,| |25| |September| |275| |-| |June| |276| |A.D.||antoninianus|
The reverse advertises a century of good fortune. For Tacitus, good fortune was already at its end. Shortly after this coin was struck, Tacitus died of fever. He began acting strangely, declaring that he would alter the names of the months to honor himself, before succumbing to a fever. In a contrary account, Zosimus claims he was assassinated.
RA71606. Silvered antoninianus, MER-RIC 3802, BnF XII 1764, Venèra II 2176 - 2180, RIC V-1 -, Cohen VI -, Choice aEF, near full silvering, weight 3.767 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 180o, Siscia mint, early - Jun 276; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FELICITAS SAECVLI, Felicitas standing left, offering from patera in right over altar, long vertical caduceus vertical behind in left, T in exergue; scarce; SOLD







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