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Roman Coins of the Recovery of the Empire
Aurelian, August 270 - October or November 275 A.D.

|Aurelian|, |Aurelian,| |August| |270| |-| |October| |or| |November| |275| |A.D.||antoninianus|NEW
Virtus (courage, valor) is depicted as a helmeted soldier, often a female, in armor holding a spear, parazonium, victory or a shield. Virtus and Mars can usually be distinguished since Mars is usually shown nude and Virtus is always shown clothed.
RA97841. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC T2121 , Venèra 6428 - 6429, Komin 1060, RIC V-1 242 corr., SRCV III 11636, BnF XII -, gVF, sharp portrait detail, green patina with traces of silvering, slightly off center, light scratches, weight 3.791 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 4th issue, autumn 271; obverse IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS MILITVM (courage of the soldiers), Virtus, on left, standing half right, wearing crested helmet and military garb offering Victory on globe with right hand, transverse spear in left hand; Aurelian, on right, standing half left facing Virtus, wearing diadem and military garb, receiving Victory on globe in right hand, grounded spear vertical in left hand; Q* in exergue; $70.00 (€57.40)


Aurelian, August 270 - October or November 275 A.D.

|Aurelian|, |Aurelian,| |August| |270| |-| |October| |or| |November| |275| |A.D.||antoninianus|NEW
Jupiter or Jove, Zeus to the Greeks, was the king of the gods and god of the sky and thunder, and of laws and social order. As the patron deity of ancient Rome, he was the chief god of the Capitoline Triad, with his sister and wife Juno. The father of Mars, he is, therefore, the grandfather of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. Emperors frequently made vows to Jupiter for protection. The Roman's believed as the king of the gods, Jupiter favored emperors and kings, those in positions of authority similar to his own.
RA97842. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC T2133, BnF XII 766, Venèra 6448 - 6583, Gloucester 362, Colonne 618, Hunter IV 78, RIC V-1 225, SRCV III -, gVF, sharp attractive portrait and cuirass, green patina, some silvering, obverse a little off center, edge splits, weight 2.904 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 180o, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 5th issue, end 271 - autumn 272; obverse IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse IOVI CONSER (to Jupiter the protector), Aurelian, on left, standing right, wearing military garb, transverse scepter in left hand, with right hand receiving globe from Jupiter; Jupiter, on right, standing left, nude but for himation hanging from arms behind legs, long scepter vertical in left hand, presenting globe with right hand, *P in exergue; $100.00 (€82.00)


Carus, Early September 282 - c. July or August 283 A.D.

|Carus|, |Carus,| |Early| |September| |282| |-| |c.| |July| |or| |August| |283| |A.D.||antoninianus|NEW
In 282, Probus traveled towards Sirmium (Serbia). He tried to employ his troops in peaceful projects, such as draining the swamps in Pannonia. His troops, unhappy about this labor, murdered him. Marcus Aurelius Carus, an Illyrian and Probus' praetorian prefect, was proclaimed the new emperor.
RA97844. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 110 (R); Cohen VI 24; Venèra IV 4339 - 4352; Hunter IV 12; Pink VI-2, pp. 48; SRCV III 12403, EF, excellent portrait, near full borders on a broad oval flan, scattered small encrustations, two edge splits and flan crack, weight 4.064 g, maximum diameter 24.9 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Siscia mint, c. 284 A.D.; obverse DIVO CARO PARTHICO, radiate head right; reverse CONSECRATIO AVG, funeral altar, nearly square, four panels in front, large flame on top, A right, SMSXXI in exergue; rare; $200.00 (€164.00)


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

|Probus|, |Probus,| |Summer| |276| |-| |September| |282| |A.D.||antoninianus|NEW
In 274, Rome greeted Aurelian as Restitutor Orbis ("Restorer of the World") and accorded him a magnificent triumph (victory procession), which was graced by his captives Tetricus I and his son Tetricus II. Aurelian's conquests of the Palmyran Empire and the Gallic Empire reunited the Roman Empire.
RL94812. Billon antoninianus, Hunter IV 334 (also 3rd officina); RIC V-2 925; Cohen VI 509; Pink VI, 2nd emission, p. 40; SRCV III 12021, VF, dark patina, heavy earthen deposits, weight 3.220 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 280 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse RESTITVT ORBIS (to the restorer of the world), woman presenting wreath to Emperor standing left holding globe and scepter, Γ in center, XXI in exergue; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $60.00 (€49.20)


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

|Probus|, |Probus,| |Summer| |276| |-| |September| |282| |A.D.||antoninianus|
In 280, Julius Saturninus, the governor of Syria, was made emperor by his troops. Probus besiege him at Apamea, where he was captured and executed.
RL94822. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 920, Cohen VI 91, Hunter IV 342 var. (5th officina), cf. SRCV III 11960 (no P F in obv. leg), F, well centered, dark green patina, encrustations and earthen deposits, scratches, weight 3.368 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 280 - 281 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CLEMENTIA TEMP (time of peace and calm), emperor standing right, holding eagle tipped scepter, receiving globe from Jupiter standing left holding long scepter, A• in center, XXI in exergue; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $50.00 (€41.00)


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

|Probus|, |Probus,| |Summer| |276| |-| |September| |282| |A.D.||antoninianus|
In 280, Julius Saturninus, the governor of Syria, was made emperor by his troops. Probus besiege him at Apamea, where he was captured and executed.
RL94825. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 921, SRCV III 11960, Cohen VI 87, Pink VI-1, p. 40, 2, Hunter IV 340 var. (2nd officina), F, earthen encrusted, ragged edge, reverse die wear, holed, weight 3.971 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 280 - 281 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CLEMENTIA TEMP (time of peace and calm), emperor standing right, holding eagle tipped scepter, receiving globe from Jupiter standing left holding long scepter, A• in center, XXI in exergue; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $45.00 (€36.90)


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

|Probus|, |Probus,| |Summer| |276| |-| |September| |282| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Siscia, now Sisak, Croatia, was one of the most important places in Roman Pannonia. It was at confluence of two navigable rivers, the Colapis and Savus, which carried considerable commerce. Siscia was captured by Tiberius, in the reign of Augustus. Tiberius did much to enlarge and embellish the town, including digging a canal to form an island, enhancing the fortifications. It became the central point from which Augustus and Tiberius campaigned against the Pannonians and Illyrians. Pliny mentions Siscia was made a colonia at that time. In the time of Septimius Severus it received fresh colonists, after which it was called Col. Septimia Siscia. When Diocletian split Pannonia into four provinces, Siscia became the capital of Pannonia Savia. It contained the mint and treasury, and was the station of the small fleet kept on the Savus. Siscia maintained its importance until Sirmium began to rise: as Sirmium rose, Siscia declined.
RL94826. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 666C; Cohen VI 162; Pink p. 53, series 7; SRCV III 11966 var. (bust); Hunter IV - (cxlvi), F, well centered, earthen encrustations, scratches, weight 3.370 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, c. 280 A.D.; obverse IMP PROBVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse CONCORDIA MILIT (harmony with the soldiers), Probus, on left, standing right, and Concordia, on right, standing left, clasping hands, T low center, XXI in exergue; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $45.00 (€36.90)


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

|Probus|, |Probus,| |Summer| |276| |-| |September| |282| |A.D.||antoninianus|
The ruins of Antioch on the Orontes lie near the modern city of Antakya, Turkey. Founded near the end of the 4th century B.C. by Seleucus I Nicator, one of Alexander the Great's generals, Antioch's geographic, military and economic location, particularly the spice trade, the Silk Road, the Persian Royal Road, benefited its occupants, and eventually it rivaled Alexandria as the chief city of the Near East and as the main center of Hellenistic Judaism at the end of the Second Temple period. Antioch is called "the cradle of Christianity," for the pivotal early role it played in the emergence of the faith. It was one of the four cities of the Syrian tetrapolis. Its residents are known as Antiochenes. Once a great metropolis of half a million people, it declined to insignificance during the Middle Ages because of warfare, repeated earthquakes and a change in trade routes following the Mongol conquests, which then no longer passed through Antioch from the far east.6th Century Antioch
RA93339. Billon antoninianus, Hunter V 344 (also 3rd officina); RIC V-2 922; Cohen VI 99; Pink p. 40, emission 2; SRCV III 11961, gVF, much silvering remains, full legends, unusually crude portrait, flow lines, rev. die wear, weight 3.300 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 280 - 281 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CLEMENTIA TEMP (time of peace and calm), emperor standing right, short scepter in left hand, receiving Victory on globe presenting wreath from Jupiter, Jupiter standing left, holding long scepter vertical behind in left hand, Γ• in center, XXI in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $90.00 (€73.80)


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

|Probus|, |Probus,| |Summer| |276| |-| |September| |282| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Not all was peace and calm when this coin was struck. In 280, Julius Saturninus, the governor of Syria, was made emperor by his troops. Probus besiege him at Apamea, where he was captured and executed.
RL94808. Billon antoninianus, Hunter IV 353, RIC V-2 927, Cohen VI 91, SRCV III -, gF, well centered on a broad flan, earthen deposits, scratches, reverse die wear, weight 2.863 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 180o, Tripolis (Tripoli, Lebanon) mint, 276 - 282 BC; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CLEMENTIA TEMP (time of peace and calm), Probus standing right, eagle tipped scepter in left, with right receiving globe from Jupiter, standing left, long scepter in left hand, * in center, XXI in exergue; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $60.00 (€49.20)


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

|Probus|, |Probus,| |Summer| |276| |-| |September| |282| |A.D.||antoninianus|
In 280, Julius Saturninus, the governor of Syria, was made emperor by his troops. Probus besiege him at Apamea, where he was captured and executed.
RL94809. Billon antoninianus, Hunter V 344 (also 3rd officina); RIC V-2 922; Cohen VI 99; Pink p. 40, emission 2; SRCV III 11961, gF, earthen deposits, corrosion on reverse, weight 4.164 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 280 - 281 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse CLEMENTIA TEMP (time of peace and calm), Probus on left, standing right, in military garb, short scepter in left hand, receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter with right hand, Jupiter on right, standing left, nude but for cloak, long scepter vertical in left hand, Γ• in center, XXI in exergue; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $36.00 (€29.52)











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