Tacitus (275-276), Antoninianus, Siscia mint. Obverse: IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front; Reverse: VICT-ORIA AVG, Victory running right, holding wreath in right hand and palm against left shoulder, P in exergue; RIC V - , RIC V Online 3780 While this reverse may at first seem quite mundane, it turns out that "Victory 8" is quite rare, having been used only at Siscia and only by the first officina, for the first, the second and the fifth and final emission, to which my coin belongs to; it's also a little bit special as it's the only antoninianus of Tacitus from Siscia with Victory on the reverse - those from the other mints are usually far more common, but I'll write about them later on in the writeup. The coins of the three emissions can be easily distinguished by both the obverse legend, and the bust type: those of the first emission have IMP C M CLA TACITVS AVG, and the D1 bust type (radiate, draped and cuirassed right, seen from the front) - this is also the only one of the three to be listed in RIC V (RIC V 169), though it's misidentified as being from the Ticinum mint, like all the antoniniani with this obverse legend; those of the second are the same, but have IMP C M CL TACITVS P AVG; finally, those of the fifth emission, like mine, have the simple IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG and the B1 bust type (radiate and cuirassed right, seen from the front). They're all quite rare, though those of the first issue less so, so I'll have to show you some examples taken from RIC V Online: The Gysen collection example of a first issue version (Image courtesy of RIC V Online) The Sucic collection example of a second issue version (Image courtesy of RIC V Online) Since the size of the issue is so small, I also went and did a small die study, because I find them to be very interesting, though they're usually very challenging to do on more common coins, like most others in my collection; in this particular case I'm greatly helped by the fact that apparently all the known examples (excluding my new one) are listed on RIC V Online, and there are none in the sales records except for the ex-Gysen ones. The first emission was struck from only two reverse dies (out of eight known examples in total, five were struck with the first die and three with the second): Surpisingly, however, they were struck with 5 different obverse dies, some very different in style between them, suggesting that there were multiple celators working at the officina; however, I could only focus on the reverses, because considering the output of Siscia's first officina during the first issue, searching for other obverse die matches would have been a grueling task. As for the second emission (three known examples at least, but only two illustrated), they were both struck with the same couple of dies; the reverse die, however, is new - they didn't simply recycle the one from the previous emission: Finally, there are those from the fifth emission; all the four known examples are double die matches, and, interestingly, I've also found one coin, from the same issue and the same officina, that is an obverse-only die match: Here's that coin (from the La Venera hoard): Overlaying the obverse clearly shows that it's a die match: Now that the technical portion is over, let's analyze the meaning of the reverse: the coins of Tacitus with the generic VICTORIA AVG reverse were also struck at Rome and Ticinum, for both issues (which means that they were produced through the entirety of his reign), in antoninianus, quinarius, denarius and aureus format, and use either "Victory 1" (standing left) at Rome, or "Victory 6a" (flying left between two shields with diadem in hands) at Ticinum. Here's an image of each: Rome (Image courtesy of Leu Numismatik) Ticinum (Image courtesy of Roma Numismatics) Since they were struck for the entire duration of his reign, it seems like that they were not meant to celebrate any specific victory, but, overall, all of the ones achieved by Tacitus against Germans and Goths both before and after he had become emperor; it is however a little bit odd that this issue with the "generic" legend was struck at the same time as those with titles unique to Tacitus, like VICTORIA GOTTHI and VICTORIA PERPETVA AVG. It also does not explain why this type is missing from some of Siscia's emissions - was it only struck for some specific occasion, despite the generic legend? I think that's all for now; post your coins of Tacitus, your coins with Victory, your unassuming rarities or anything else you feel like might be relevant !