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 PROBVS AVG, Radiate, helmeted, cuirassed bust of Probus left, holding spear and shield
Reverse:
ADVENTVS 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, *, Γ
Size:
24.85mm, 3.6g, 12h
Grade:
Choice EF, boldly struck, attractive brown surfaces, obverse almost as struck, some sediment and corrosion on reverse
Provenance:
ex Numismatik Naumann GmbH Auction 77 (6 May 2019) Lot 1141 (part of)
References:
RIC V, part 2, 157 (bust type G); Cohen VI 39; Pink VI-1, p. 58

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Obverse almost 'as struck'

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.