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PROBUS RIC 861 VAR. H2 BUST POBVS INSTEAD OF PROBVS !!!
OBVERSE: IMP C M AVR POBVS P F AVG (sic!)
REVERSE: SOLI INVICTO
BUST TYPE: H2 = Radiate bust left in imperial mantle (toga picta and tunica palmata), holding eagle-tipped sceptre (scipio)
MINT: Serdica
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//A
WEIGHT 3.75g / DIAMETER: 22 mm
RIC 861 var. (unlisted with A only in exergue)
COLLECTION NO. 1351

Note: A coin with a spectacular error in the obverse legend: POBVS (instead of PROBVS). Not only is this the only example of this specific type known to me, but it is - to my knowledge - the only example of such an error in Emperor's name in the whole coinage of Probus.

The coin is part of the very rare and brief A-Delta (without the KA mintmark) first phase of Serdica's 3rd emmission unlisted by RIC as well as by Pink. Although the exergue is barely legible, under a magnifying glass I see an "A" there rather than a Delta. Nevertheless I will have the coin cleaned which hopefully will make the exergue more legible.

Unique and of the highest numismatic interest. The coin joins another interesting unicum with an erroneous obverse legend in my collection: PRBVS instead of PROBVS - see my coin no. 21 from Siscia.
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