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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Secessionist Empires| > |Tetricus I| > RB04070
Gallic Empire, Tetricus I, mid 271 - Spring 274 A.D., Barbaric Imitative
During the Crisis of the Third Century (235 - 284 A.D.), the Roman Empire nearly collapsed under the combined pressures of invasion, civil war, plague, and economic depression. In the western provinces, official mints did not meet the needs for low-value coinage and unofficial private mints struck imitations of Roman coins (usually antoniniani). These unofficial imitations, called barbarous radiates today, were not counterfeits. They were smaller than standard issues, were not intended to deceive, and probably only functioned as small change. The most frequently imitated prototypes are of the Gallic emperors Tetricus I and his son, Tetricus II.
RB04070. Bronze barbarous radiate, Barbaric imitative antoninianus, bold EF, Unofficial mint, weight 2.70g, maximum diameter 16.0mm, die axis 170o, c. 271 - 284 A.D.; obverse [...] CVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse TEM [...] TAS (imitative of TEMPORVM FELICITAS), Felicitas standing left, long caduceus in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; from the Aiello Collection; SOLD

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