Probus, 276-282 AD, Silvered Antoninianus, Salus, struck 280-282 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Probus
City/Region:
Roman Empire, Ticinum mint, 3rd officina (V, of EQVITI)
Denomination:
Silvered Antoninianus
Composition:
Billon, originally with silvered surfaces
Date:
280-282 AD, 10th emission
Obverse:
IMP C PROBVS AVG, Radiate bust of Probus left, in imperial mantle, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle
Reverse:
SALVS AVG, Salus standing right, feeding serpent in arms; to left, V (3rd officina); in exergue, T XII
Size:
22.95, 4.3g, 12h
Grade:
EF, boldly struck, well centred, toned surfaces, some deposits (can be removed, if desired)
Provenance:
ex Numismatik Naumann GmbH Auction 77 (6 May 2019) Lot 1141 (part of)
References:
RIC V, part 2, 499 (bust type H); Cohen VI 577; Pink VI-1, p. 67

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This coin is part of the coded EQVITI series of the Ticinum mint, wherein each letter is used as the mintmark (V, on this coin) which identifies the officina / workshop

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.