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Probus, 276-282 AD, Silvered Antoninianus, Fides Militum, struck 281 AD

185.00 AUD

Origin:
Roman Empire, Rome mint, fifth officina
Authority:
Probus
Denomination:
Silvered Antoninianus
Composition:
Billon, silvered surfaces
Date:
281 AD, 6th emission
Obverse:
IMP PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust of Probus right
Reverse:
FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left, holding two ensigns; in exergue, R, thunderbolt, E
Size:
22.17mm, 3.8g, 12h
Grade:
Choice EF, bold portrait, well struck, near fully-intact silvering, lustrous, worn reverse die
Provenance:
ex Numismatik Naumann GmbH Auction 77 (6 May 2019) Lot 1141 (part of)
Reference:
RIC V, part 2,170 (bust type F); Cohen VI 252; Pink VI-1, p. 43
Special Information:
Fides Militum, the loyalty of the army. Near fully-intact silvering
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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