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Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.
Securitas sits perfectly at her ease, clearly relaxed, having nothing to fear. Probus did much to increase security. He marched against the enemies of Rome in Gaul and Germany and left 400,000 barbarians dead in the field. The remaining barbarian tribes of the north were terrified to peace. Probus then attacked the Blemmyes near Egypt defeating them with tremendous slaughter. Knowing he was next, the king of Persia sued for peace and attempted to buy Probus' favor with splendid presents. Probus was feasting upon the most common food when the ambassadors were introduced. Without even casting his eyes upon them, he said that if their master did not give proper satisfaction to Rome, he would lay Persia as desolate and as naked as the crown of his head. As he spoke the Emperor took off his cap and showed the baldness of his head to the ambassadors. His conditions were gladly accepted by the Persian monarch.
RA87253. Billon antoninianus
, Hunter IV
179 (also 6th officina
), RIC V-2
VI/1 p. 65, Cohen VI
611, cf. SRCV III
and VIXXI), Choice
VF, full circle
centering, some silvering
remains, small areas of light corrosion, 6th officina
(Pavia, Italy) mint, weight
4.983g, maximum diameter
23.6mm, die axis
, 6th emission, 279 A.D.; obverse IMP C
PROBVS AVG, radiate
and cuirassed bust
right; reverse SECVRIT PERP
(everlasting security), Securitas
standing slightly left, head
left, legs crossed, right hand on head
, resting left arm on short column, ϖXXI in exergue
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Catalog current as of Monday, May 27, 2019.
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