Barbarous radiate identification - Tetricus

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  1. John Conduitt

    John Conduitt Well-Known Member

    Is anyone able to identify the emperor? It might be Tetricus II? (It's certainly from around that time).
    Thank you

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  3. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    Definitely Tetricus II, and I'd wager it's an official issue. SPES AVGG reverse - one of the more common types for Tetricus Jr.
     
  4. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

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  5. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Looks real.
    Tetricus II 4.jpg
    TETRICUS II
    Antoninianus
    OBVERSE: C PIV ESV TETRICVS CAES, radiate, draped bust right
    REVERSE: SPES AVGG, Spes walking left, holding flower and raising skirt
    Struck at Treveri, 272-273 AD
    2.5g, 19mm
    RIC 270v
     
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  6. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

    GALLIC EMPIRE
    Tetricus II, A.D. 273-274

    AE antoninianus, 20mm, 2.8 grams, 12h

    Cologne mint

    Obverse: C PIV ESV TETRICVS CAES
    Radiate, draped bust right

    Reverse: PRINC IV-VENT
    Tetricus II standing left holding branch and vertical sceptre

    Reference: RIC Vb 260, p. 423

    ex: JAZ Numismatics

    tetricus1.jpg

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  7. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    Official coins of this breakaway empire are often so crude, and barbarous imitations so numerous, that it's just about impossible to say with any certainty whether a coin is official or barbarous in most cases. It may not even be a meaningful distinction. It was such a chaotic time, people back then probably didn't care, including the emperors. Whatever was needed to keep the economy going was okay.

    Here's mine for comparison.
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    Tetricus II
    Caesar, A.D. 273-274
    Augustus, A.D. 274

    Bronze Antoninianus
    Gallic Empire, unidentified southern mint
    Obv: C PIV ESV TETRICVS CAES
    Rev: SPES AVG - Spes, walking left, holding flower and raising robe
    RIC 270
    20x18mm, 2.5g.
     
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  8. John Conduitt

    John Conduitt Well-Known Member

    Thanks everyone for your posts. Very helpful and interesting!
     
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