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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Secessionist Empires| > |Tetricus I| > BB25587
Gallic Empire, Tetricus I, Mid 271 - Spring 274 A.D., Barbaric Imitative
|Tetricus| |I|, |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.
BB25587. Bronze barbarous radiate, cf. RIC V-2 126 (official, Cologne mint, 273 - 274 A.D.), F, unofficial mint, weight 1.369g, maximum diameter 16.6mm, die axis 0o, c. 271 - 284 A.D.; obverse IMP C TETRICVS P F AVG (blundered), radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse SALVS AVGG (the health of the two emperors) (blundered), Salus standing left, anchor in left, patera in right hand, feeding snake rising up from altar at feet; SOLD











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