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Florian, June or July - August or September 276 A.D.

Florianus, the half brother of Tacitus, was proclaimed emperor in the Western provinces after the latter's death. In the East Probus was declared emperor and the two marched against each other. Before a decisive battle could take place, Florian was murdered by his own soldiers. He "wore the purple" for less than 3 months.

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Florian's military harmony, advertised on this coin, was soon betrayed. After a reign of less than three months, Florian was murdered by his own soldiers.
RA91625. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 4529, Venèra 2936 - 2939, BnF XII 1979, Maravielle 853, Thun 3/161, Hunter IV 20 var. (3rd off.), RIC V-1 116, Cohen VI 15, SRCV III 11853, Choice F, full boarder centering, light deposits, weight 3.947 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 1st issue, July - August 276; obverse IMP FLORIANVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from front; reverse CONCORDIA MILITVM (harmony with the soldiers), Victory on left, standing right, raising wreath in right hand, palm frond over left shoulder in left hand, Florian, on right, standing left, bare-headed, wearing military garb, extending right hand to receive wreath, long scepter vertical in left hand, S in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $95.00 (€83.60)

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Florian's harmony with the military would not last, his officers murdered him after a reign of less than three months.
SH71637. Silvered antoninianus, MER-RIC 4293; Alföldi 1940, 2,2, Venèra II 2734; BnF XII 1950; RIC V-1 57 var. (officina, Ticinum); Cohen VI 11; SRCV III 11851, Choice EF, near full silvering, some porosity, weight 3.658 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 135o, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, Jul - Aug 276; obverse IMP C M AN FLORIANVS P AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CONCORD MILIT (harmony with the soldiers), Florian togate standing right, clasping the hand of Concordia standing left, S in exergue; officina not in RIC; SOLD

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An ironic reverse since, instead of offering fidelity, his army murdered him after a reign of less than three months.
SH35067. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 4234, RIC V-1 30, Venèra 2563 - 2570, BnF XII 1911, Hunter IV 3, Gloucester 804, SRCV III 11857, Choice EF, bold with excellent centering and nice patina, weight 4.476 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, 5th officina, Rome mint, 1st emission, Jul-Aug 276 A.D.; obverse IMP C FLORIANVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse FIDES MILIT (the loyalty of the soldiers), Fides standing half-left, long scepter vertical in right hand, transverse trophy in left hand, XXIE in exergue; from the Scott Collection; rare; SOLD





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