Probus, 276-282 AD, Silvered Antoninianus, Adventus, struck 279 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Probus
City/Region:
Roman Empire, Rome mint, 7th officina
Denomination:
Silvered Antoninianus
Composition:
Billon, originally with silvered surfaces
Date:
279 AD, 4th emission
Obverse:
IMP PRO-BVS AVG, Bust of Probus, radiate and cuirassed, facing right
Reverse:
ADVEN-TVS AVG, Probus, in military attire, on horseback left, raising his right hand in salute and holding sceptre in his left; to left, seated captive; in exergue: R, crescent, ς
Size:
23.52, 3.7g, 12h
Grade:
EF, boldly struck, attractive brown patina
Provenance:
ex Leu Numismatik AG Web Auction 2 (3 December 2017), Lot 794
References:
RIC V, part 2, 157; Cohen VI 37; Pink VI-1, p. 57

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Probus was a military Emperor. On reaching adulthood he joined the military where he proved himself capable, enough so that he was later appointed governor of the East by the emperor Tacitus. When Tacitus died, Probus was proclaimed emperor by his soldiers. During his reign, he was successful in his campaigns in Gaul and in strengthening the Rhine and Danube frontier against the Germanic tribes.