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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.
The officina is an interesting notation of five, using U instead of the usual V or E. This notation only became common on Byzantine coins, at a much later date. RIC 163 also records officina six for the type, written in Latin, VI. MER-RIC lists this type as sixth officina (UI).SH77276. Billonantoninianus, MER-RIC 3449, RIC V 163, BnF XII 1704, Venèra 1928 - 1949, SRCV III 11812, Choice EF, excellent portrait, well centered, near full silvering, weight 4.052 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 345o, 5th officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, 2nd emission, early-mid 276 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate and cuirassedbust right; reverseSECVRIT PERP (everlasting security), Securitas standing left, raising right hand to head, resting left elbow on column, U in exergue; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; $180.00 SALE PRICE $162.00
This type is dedicated to Tacitus' harmony with his soldiers. Harmony with the soldiers was important for an emperor's survival, since many were killed by their own men.RA76993. Billonantoninianus, MER-RIC 3682 (7 examples), SRCV III 11772, RIC V -, BnF XII -, Venèra -, Choice aEF, well centered and struck, most silvering remaining, slight porosity, weight 3.539 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 0o, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, issue 3, phase 2, early 276 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS P AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassedbust right; reverseCONCORD MILIT (harmony with the soldiers), Tacitus, on left, standing right, clasping hands with Concordia, standing left, XXIS in exergue; very rare; $170.00 SALE PRICE $153.00
Providentia is the personification of the ability to foresee and to make provision for the future. This coin is dedicated to the foresight of the gods. Providentia was one of the embodiments of virtues that were part of the imperial cult. Cicero said that providentia is one of the three main components of prudentia, "the knowledge of things that are good or bad or neither," along with memoria (memory) and intellegentia (understanding).RB71572. Silveredantoninianus, MER-RIC 3967 (2 spec), Venèra 2404, RIC V -, BnF XII -, Bastien IX -, EF, well centered, near full silvering, weight 4.564 g, maximum diameter 23.6 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Serdica (Sofia, Bulgaria) mint, issue 3, early - Jun 276; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassedbust right, from front; reversePROVIDEN DEOR (the foresight of the gods), Providentia standing right holding two standards, facing Sol standing half left, radiate, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, globe in left hand, KA·∆ in exergue; very rare variant; $140.00 SALE PRICE $126.00
In Roman mythology, Aequitas was the minor goddess of fair trade and honest merchants. Aequitas was also the personification of the virtues equity and fairness of the emperor (AequitasAugusti). The scales, a natural emblem of equity, express righteousness. The cornucopia signifies the prosperity which results from Aequitas and AequitasAugusti.RA83503. Billonantoninianus, MER-RIC 3539, RIC V 82, BnF XII 1604, Hunter IV 3, Venèra 549 - 561, Gloucester 690, Maravielle 708, Navis-Mühlen 142, Choice EF, well centered, much silvering, light marks, weight 3.342 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Rome mint, issue 3, early 276 ? June 276 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassedbust right; reverseAEQVITAS AVG (equity of the emperor), Aequitas standing slightly left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, Γ in right field, XXI in exergue; $130.00 SALE PRICE $117.00
Although he looks quite young in the portrait, Tacitus was about 75 years old when he was made emperor and died after ruling only about seven months and personally leading his army in a successful campaign against a Gothic invasion.RA90828. Billonantoninianus, MER-RIC 3485, BnF XII 1559, Venèra 59 - 81, RIC V 89, SRCV III 11782, gVF, well centered, traces of silvering, slightly coarse green patina, tiny edge chip, weight 3.689 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Rome mint, emission 2, Nov - Dec 275 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassedbust right; reverseLAETITIA FVND (well-founded rejoicing), Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, grounded anchor in left, XXIB in exergue; from the J. BerlinCaesarea Collection; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00
Felicitas was the goddess of good luck and success. She was a prominent symbol of wealth and prosperity and, during the Empire, she played an important role in Rome's state religion. Since it was considered the duty of the emperor to promote public happiness, almost every emperor struck coins dedicated to Felicitas.RA84377. Billonantoninianus, MER-RIC 3443, RIC V 140, Hunter IV 48, Venèra 1880 - 1923, BnF XII 1700, Thibouville 2298, Gloucester 736, Maravielle 796, VF, well centered on a broad flan, some porosity, weight 3.880 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 0o, 5th officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, issue 2, early - Jun 276; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate and cuirassedbust right, from the front; reverse FELICIT TEMP (happy times), Felicitas standing slightly left, head left, caduceus in right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand, V in exergue; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00
Felicitas was the goddess or personification of good luck and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.RB46802. Silveredantoninianus, MER-RIC 3325, RIC V 65, Bastien IX 93, BnF XII 1487, Venèra 1223 - 1233, Normanby 1292, gVF, near full silvering, weight 3.749 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, issue 7, May - Jun 276 A.D.; obverse IMP CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassedbust right; reverseTEMPORVM FELICITAS, Felicitas standing left, long grounded caduceus vertical in right hand, scepter in left hand, A left, * right; $65.00 SALE PRICE $58.50
Virtus was a specific virtue in ancient Rome. It carried connotations of valor, manliness, excellence, courage, character, and worth, perceived as masculine strengths (from Latin vir, "man"). It was thus a frequently stated virtue of Roman emperors and was personified as the deity Virtus.RA67086. Silveredantoninianus, MER-RIC 3267, Bastien IX 48, RIC V 69, BnF XII 1434, Venèra 1164 - 1171, Maravielle 750, EF, grainy, weight 3.631 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 135o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, issue 1, Nov - Dec 275 A.D.; obverse IMP C CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassedbust right; reverseVIRTVS AVG (the valor of the Emperor), Virtus standing left, wearing crested helmet and military garb, resting right hand on grounded shield, inverted spear in left hand; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
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.RA47000. Silveredantoninianus, MER-RIC 3257, RIC V 44, Bastien IX 30, BnF XII 1406, Venèra 1139 - 1143, VF, well centered, much silvering, weight 3.904 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, issue 1, Nov - Dec 275 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassedbust right; reversePAX PVBLICA, Pax standing left, olive branch in right hand, transverse scepter in left hand, no mark; scarce; $45.00 SALE PRICE $40.50
The officina is an interesting notation of five, using U instead of the usual V or E. This notation only became common on Byzantine coins, at a much later date. RIC 163 also records officina six for the type, written in Latin, VI. MER-RIC lists this type as sixth officina (UI).RA20256. Billonantoninianus, MER-RIC 3449, RIC V 163, BnF XII 1704, Venèra 1928 - 1949, SRCV III 11812, Choice VF, well centered, traces of silvering, light marks, weight 3.660 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, 2nd emission, early-mid 276 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate and cuirassedbust right; reverseSECVRIT PERP (everlasting security), Securitas standing left, raising right hand to head, resting left elbow on column, U in exergue; ex Forum (2007); $40.00 SALE PRICE $36.00
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