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Roman Coins of the Recovery of the Empire
Tacitus, 25 September 275 - June 276 A.D.

|Tacitus|, |Tacitus,| |25| |September| |275| |-| |June| |276| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
This type is dedicated to Tacitus' good relationship with his soldiers. Harmony with the soldiers was important for an emperor's survival, since many were killed by their own men.
MA95707. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC T3743 (3 spec.), SRCV III 11772, Cohen VI 24, Hunter IV 65 var. (1st officina), RIC V-1 183 var. (MILITVM), BnF XII - (p. 374), Venra -, F, porous, marks, edge crack, weight 3.239 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, issue 4, early 276 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CONCORD MILIT (harmony with the soldiers), Tacitus, on left, standing right, clasping hands with Concordia, standing left, XXIQ in exergue; $25.52 (23.48)


Palmyrene-Roman Empire, Aurelian and Vabalathus, 270 - 275 A.D.

|Members| |Auction| |Listed|, |Palmyrene-Roman| |Empire,| |Aurelian| |and| |Vabalathus,| |270| |-| |275| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
Vabalathus, son of the Palmyran king Odenathus and Zenobia, was declared Augustus but Aurelian defeated his forces. He and Zenobia were then taken to Rome where they lived in great comfort. The abbreviated titles of Vabalathus most likely were, Vir Clarissimus Romanorum (or Rex) Imperator Dux Romanorum. The portraits of Vabalathus are interesting because they display both the Roman laurel and the Hellenistic royal diadem.
MA95710. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 3102, BnF XII 1239, Gbl MIR 353a1, Hunter IV 1, RIC V-2 381, Cohen VI 1, SRCV III 11718, Choice F, well centered, weight 3.240 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, Nov 270 - Mar 272 A.D.; obverse IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian right, A below; reverse VABALATHVS V C R IM D R, laureate, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Vabalathus right; $14.00 (12.88)


Claudius II Gothicus, September 268 - August or September 270 A.D.

|Claudius| |II|, |Claudius| |II| |Gothicus,| |September| |268| |-| |August| |or| |September| |270| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
In Roman mythology, Aequitas was the minor goddess of fair trade and honest merchants. Aequitas was also the personification of the virtues equity and fairness of the emperor (Aequitas Augusti). The scales, a natural emblem of equity, express righteousness. The cornucopia signifies the prosperity which results from Aequitas and Aequitas Augusti.
MA95641. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC T1030, Huvelin 1990 15, Venra 9912, RIC V-1 197, Cohen VI 6, SRCV III 11316, Hunter IV -, Normanby -, Cunetio -, VF/F, flow lines, light marks, slight porosity, weight 4.504 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 180o, 8th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, issue 1, c. end 268 - end 269; obverse IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse AEQVITAS AVG (equity of the emperor), Aequitas standing front, head left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, H in exergue; $10.49 (9.65)


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

|Probus|, |Probus,| |Summer| |276| |-| |September| |282| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
Virtus to the ancient Romans included valor, manliness, excellence, courage, character, and worth, perceived as masculine strengths (from Latin vir, "man"). Curiously, despite the masculine characteristics of virtus, the personification or deity Virtus was usually depicted as a female warrior, 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.
RA93236. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 810, Cohen VI 902, SRCV III 12071 var. (bust), Hunter IV -, Choice VF, broad flan, silvering, weight 3.760 g, maximum diameter 22.55 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 277 - 280 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate, helmeted, and cuirassed bust left, spear over right shoulder; reverse VIRTVS PROBI AVG (the valor of Emperor Probus), Mars walking right, spear in right hand, trophy over shoulder in left, V in right field, XXI in exergue; $90.00 SALE |PRICE| $81.00


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

|Probus|, |Probus,| |Summer| |276| |-| |September| |282| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
Virtus to the ancient Romans included valor, manliness, excellence, courage, character, and worth, perceived as masculine strengths (from Latin vir, "man"). Curiously, despite the masculine characteristics of virtus, the personification or deity Virtus was usually depicted as a female warrior, 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.
RA93237. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 815; Alfldi Siscia type 96, 6; Cohen VI 883; SRCV III -; Hunter IV-, Choice EF, broad flan, full borders, much silvering, reverse double struck, weight 3.655 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 180o, 6th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 5th emission, c. 278 A.D.; obverse IMP PROBVS AVG, radiate bust left in consular robe, eagle-tipped scepter in right hand; reverse VIRTVS PROBI AVG (the valor of Emperor Probus), Mars walking right, transverse spear in right hand, trophy over left shoulder in left hand, XXIVI in exergue; $90.00 SALE |PRICE| $81.00


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

|Aurelian|, |Aurelian,| |August| |or| |September| |270| |-| |October| |or| |November| |275| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
Aurelian defeated the Alamanni, Goths, Vandals, Juthungi, Sarmatians, and Carpi. He defeated the Palmyrene Empire in the east and the Gallic Empire in the west, reuniting the Empire in its entirety. He was responsible for the construction of the Aurelian Walls in Rome. His successes were instrumental in ending the Crisis of the Third Century, earning him the title Restitutor Orbis or "Restorer of the World."
RA93271. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC T1340, RIC V-1 6, Bastien 3, BnF XII 2, Cohen VI 161, SRCV III 11576a, Venra 1532 - 1535, Hunter IV -, aVF, dark patina, tight flan, weight 3.464 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Lugdunum (Lyons, France) mint, issue 2, end 274 - early 275; obverse IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front; reverse PACATOR ORBIS, Sol advancing left, raising right hand commanding sunrise, whip in left hand, nude but for cloak on shoulders and flying behind, CL in exergue; $115.00 SALE |PRICE| $104.00


Numerian, February or March 283 - October or November 284 A.D.

|Numerian|, |Numerian,| |February| |or| |March| |283| |-| |October| |or| |November| |284| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
Consular busts are scarce for this dynasty.
RA93244. Billon antoninianus, Bastien 562 (3 spec. cited), RIC V-2 -, Cohen VI -, SRCV III -, Hunter V -, La Venra -, Choice aVF, well centered, flow lines, tiny encrustations, scattered light porosity, weight 3.080 g, maximum diameter 22.85 mm, die axis 0o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 6th emission, c. 284 A.D.; obverse IMP C NVMERIANVS AVG, radiate bust wearing imperial mantle right, eagle-tipped scepter in right hand; reverse MARS VICTOR (Mars the Victor), Mars advancing right, nude except for helmet and cloak tied in belt at waist and flying behind, transverse spear in right hand, trophy over left shoulder in left hand, C in right field; very rare; $475.00 SALE |PRICE| $425.00


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

|Probus|, |Probus,| |Summer| |276| |-| |September| |282| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
Invincible Sol charging in a facing quadriga and raising his hand commanding the sun to rise, is one of our favorite reverses of the Roman Imperial series and Forum's recommended coin type for Probus. If you only plan to buy one Probus coin, it should be this type!
RA93246. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 204; Cohen VI 682; Pink VI-1, p. 55; Hunter IV -; SRCV III -, Choice EF, much silvering, excellent centering, weight 3.783 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, die axis 90o, 5th officina, Rome mint, emission 2, 277 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate bust left in consular robe, eagle-tipped scepter in right hand; reverse SOLI INVICTO (to the invincible sun god), Sol in a spread quadriga facing, radiate, cloak billowing out behind, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, globe and whip in his left hand, RE in exergue; $160.00 SALE |PRICE| $144.00


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

|Probus|, |Probus,| |Summer| |276| |-| |September| |282| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
Serdica struck many similar types with the reverse legends RESITVT ORBIS and RESTITVTOR ORBIS, combined with various busts, obverse legends, officina, and control marks. This coin differs from all the varieties listed in RIC. KA in the exergue, is the Greek numeral 21, a mark of value, indicating 21 parts bronze to one part silver (approximately 4.5% silver). B is the Greek numeral 2, indicating the coin was struck by the 2nd officina (mint workshop).
RA93248. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 856 var. (...PROBVS AVG), Cohen VI 516 var. (same, bust draped), SRCV III -, Hunter IV -, Choice VF, much silvering, excellent centering, slightest porosity, weight 4.272 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Serdica (Sofia, Bulgaria) mint, 5th emission, 280 - 281 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse RESTITVTOR ORBIS (to the restorer of the world), Emperor standing right, holding short scepter, receiving globe from Jupiter standing left, holding long scepter, MS in center, KAB in exergue; scarce; $140.00 SALE |PRICE| $126.00


Claudius II Gothicus, September 268 - August or September 270 A.D.

|Claudius| |II|, |Claudius| |II| |Gothicus,| |September| |268| |-| |August| |or| |September| |270| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
Spes was the Roman personification of Hope. On coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right hand, and raising a fold of her dress with her left hand. She was also named "ultima dea" - the last resort of men.
RA93331. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-1 168, Cohen VI 284, SRCV III 11374 var. (1st officina), MER-RIC T26 var. (same), Venra 9073 var. (same), Hunter IV 62 var. (same), EF, excellent portrait and reverse style, centered on a tight flan, brown town with traces of silvering, small edge crack, weight 4.100 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, issue 1, c. September 268 - mid 269; obverse IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SPES PVBLICA (the hope of the public), Spes standing left, flower in right, raising fold of drapery with left, S in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00











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