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View Categories Home > Catalog > Roman Coins > Recovery of the Empire > Probus > RA87253Probus, 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. Billonantoninianus, Hunter IV 179 (also 6th officina), RIC V-2 573, Pink VI/1 p. 65, Cohen VI 611, cf. SRCV III 12033 (bust and VIXXI), Choice VF, full circle centering, some silvering remains, small areas of light corrosion, 6th officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, weight 4.983g, maximum diameter 23.6mm, die axis 180o, 6th emission, 279 A.D.; obverseIMP C PROBVS AVG, radiate and cuirassedbust right; reverseSECVRIT PERP (everlasting security), Securitas standing slightly left, head left, legs crossed, right hand on head, resting left arm on short column, ϖXXI in exergue; $105.00
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