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Dealer's Lot of 6 Antoninianii of Probus, 276-282 AD

365.00 AUD

Origin:
Rome mint
Authority:
Probus
Denomination:
Antoninianus
Composition:
Billon, originally with silvered surfaces
Date:
276-282 AD
Obverse:
MP C M AVR PROBVS PF AVG, Bust of Probus, various, facing left or right
Reverse:
SOLI INVICTO, Sol in spread quadriga, holding globe and raising right; various mintmarks (5/6 coins), 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 (1/6 coins)
Size:
circa 23mm, 4g
Grade:
gVF, one with full silvering intact, one with chipped flan, otherwise as pictured
Provenance:
ex Numismatik Naumann GmbH Auction 77 (6 May 2019) Lot 1141 (part of)
Reference:
For Soli Invicto, cf. RIC V, part 2, 101 (for type); for Adventvs Avg: RIC V, part 2, 157
Special Information:
This lot of Probus coins represents exceptional value at AUD 77.5 (or circa USD 54) per coin
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.
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