Coin Straight From the Mint

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  1. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Recently I acquired this very nice Probus from one of our own. It is a spectacular example. Well struck and centered, with much of the silver wash still remaining. Most of you all know me, and I'd haggle over haggling normally. But once I set eyes on this coin, I offered the full asking price and I wasn't disappointed when it arrive. And it was struck at a mint that is not in my collection until now. Take a gander:
    Probus 8.jpg
    AE Silvered Antoninianus
    OBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
    REVERSE: CLEMENTIA TEMP dot, Emperor standing right, holding eagle-tipped sceptre, receiving globe from Jupiter, holding scepter. Crescent in lower center Mintmark KA
    Struck at Tripolis mint, 277 AD
    4g, 22mm
    RIC 928, crescent
    ex Warren Etsy

    I know we see a lot of Probus coins, but coins minted while he was Augustus have many interesting varieties. Post you favorite Probus or any other coin struck at Tripolis.
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  3. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Eye of Horus

    Amazing coin @Bing with full silvering. Thanks for taking us back into the latter 3rd century so we can witness what these coins looked liked fresh off the dies.
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  4. TheRed

    TheRed Supporter! Supporter

    What a great coin @Bing. I really like bust, as if he is in deep thought. The coins of Probus are one of the few Roman areas I actively collect. I'll add my favorite coin of his.
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  5. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Way to go on the new show stopper, Bing!
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  6. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Well-Known Member

    Beautiful addition... I love every detail.

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  7. Cachecoins

    Cachecoins Historia Moneta

    Excellent coin!
  8. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    James, Great score :jawdrop:! Incredible detail on the reverse even on the scepter :D.
  9. Shea19

    Shea19 Supporter! Supporter

    Wow, that’s a beauty @Bing, congrats! Love that reverse!

    Here’s my favorite of his:

    Probus, Antoninianus (24 mm, 3.39 g), Rome, 282. Radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus to right./ Rev. Jupiter standing front, head to left, holding thunderbolt in his right hand and scepter in his left. RIC 175
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  10. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing

    That's a beautiful coin, Bing! So much so you could put an eye out! :smuggrin:

    I've been told this Probus of mine is pretty much as-struck...
    Probus, Ruled 276-282 AD
    AE20 Tetradrachm, Alexandria, Egypt
    Struck Year 4, 278-279 AD

    Obverse: A K M AVP ΠPOBOC CЄB, Laureate and cuirassed bust right.
    Reverse: Eirene holding olive branch and sceptre, LΔ to right (RY 4 = 278/279 AD)
    References: Emmett 3986.4, R1
    Size: 20.2mm, 7.9g
    Ex: The Reverend Willis McGill Collection (McGill was an American missionary stationed in Egypt, who started collecting there during World War I)

    [Original collector’s envelope has incorrect attribution.]
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  11. Jay GT4

    Jay GT4 Well-Known Member

    Great coins. I don't collect that late but I do have two from Probus. Just can't bring myself to sell them. Both published on

    Radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus right

    VIRTVS PROBI AVG - KAΓ in exergue
    Emperor on horseback trampling enemy, a shield in left hand, spear in right. A shield on the ground under the horse.

    Bust type B

    Serdica mint, 280-281 AD
    4th emission, 3rd officina


    RIC 880 (C).

    EF with wonderful smooth dark brown/black glossy patina. Even nicer in hand.

    Ex-Calgary Coin; Ex-George W. La Borde collection

    Published on

    Radiate, mantled bust left holding eagle tipped scepter

    Sol in spread Quadriga holding whip KAΓ in ex

    Serdica 277 AD
    RIC 864 Bust type H

    Published on
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  12. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

    Wow. Spectacular specimen @Bing , a dream coin. Here is my rarest Probus from Serdica, only 2 known and published on Probuscoins but...
    never as sharp and detailed like yours...

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  13. Suarez

    Suarez Well-Known Member

    Would absolutely love to see his coins as Caesar!

    Thumbs up for a great looking coin :- )

    Here's mine

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  14. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    That's a gorgeous one, @Bing , and from an unusual mint, too! I still don't have a Tripolis coin in all of my collection.

    Mine's not so impressive or well-preserved, but this one is a favorite because it depicts the Temple of Romae Aeternae:

    Probus, AD 276-282
    Roman billon antoninianus; 3.79 g, 22.1 mm
    Rome, AD 277-280
    Obv: IMP PROBVS P F AVG, radiate bust right in consular robe, eagle tipped scepter in right hand
    Rev: ROMAE AETER, temple, statue of Roma seated facing inside; in exergue, R * A
    Refs: RIC 183; Cohen 533; RCV 12027 var.
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  15. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE

    Wow, JW, beautiful coin. That silvering is great. Warren always has very cool coins.

    I have posted this before, but I like Horses.
    Marcus Aurelius Probus, AD 276-282
    Billon Antoninianus, 21mm, 2.3g, 6h; Rome mint, 6th emission, AD 281.
    Obv.: PROBVS AVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
    Rev.: ADVENTVS AVG; Probus riding horse left, raising hand and holding scepter; to left, bound captive seated left under foreleg, head right // R thunderbolt Z (7th officina).
    Reference: RIC Vb Probus 158, p. 35
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  16. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    Just look at those abs on Jupiter! A really sharp coin. Congrats!
  17. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    My favorite Probus is far from my highest grade but I love the flames under the chariot. Siscia?

    Style-wise, I prefer Serdica mint.

    This Ticinum is high grade and part of the coded Equiti series.
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  18. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Very nice, Bing! Less common mint, great portrait, and fantastic details on both sides.

    I have one that I picked up from Warren some time back. Not in especially high grade, but with an interesting ORIGINI AVG wolf and twins reverse type.

    Probus - ORIGINI AVG 3048.jpg PROBUS
    AE Antoninianus. 3.83g, 21.7mm. Siscia mint, AD 276-282. RIC 703 (R2). O: IMP C PROBVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right. R: ORIGINI AVG, She-wolf (Lupa Romana) right, head left, suckling the twins Romulus and Remus; XXIT in exergue.

    And also "from one of our own", I have this so-called 'Saturninus placeholder' of Probus, ex AMCC 1.

    Probus - Clementia Asian Saturninus 3100.jpg
    AE Antoninianus. 2.99g, 21.1 mm. Asian mint, circa AD 280-281. RIC 922 (as Antioch). O: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG; radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. R: CLEMENTIA TEMP, Probus standing right, receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter standing left, holding sceptre; Δ• between, XXI in exergue.

    My very first Probus actually comes from the collection of another CT member.

    Probus - Ant Sol Quadriga ex Phil Davis 042 new.jpg PROBUS
    AE Antoninianus. 3.31g, 22mm. Rome mint, circa AD 276-282. RIC 202; Cohen 644. O: IMP PROBVS AVG, Bust radiate left, almost half-length, seen from front, wearing consular robes and holding eagle-tipped scepter. R: SOLI INVICTO, Sol raising right hand and holding globe and whip in left, in quadriga of horses leaping left; in exergue, crescent flanked by R and B (officina 2).
    Ex Phillip Davis Collection
  19. Okidoki

    Okidoki Well-Known Member

    many Kudos :D

    The use of kudos in English began in the early 19th century. Borrowed from ancient Greek, the English word was originally British university slang for praise or renown,1 and that’s roughly what it means today. To give kudos to someone is to give credit and praise for an achievement.
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  20. Okidoki

    Okidoki Well-Known Member

    Probus (276-282 AD). AE silvered Antoninianus Antioch (Antakya).
    Probus Antoninianus, Antioch

    RIC V, 2, 920.(pag. 119)

    radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

    emperor standing right, receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter standing left, holding sceptre.
    Ex. XXI.

    4.52 gr
    21 mm
    326 Probus Antoninianus, Antioch RIC920 .jpg
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  21. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Gorgeous coin @Bing

    I can show my two favorite Probus coins (I have only two, hence easy to sort out :) )

    Probus, Antoninianus Siscia mint
    IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate ust of Probus left, wearing imperial mantle (bust type H)
    SOLI INVICTO, Sol in quadriga, XXIT at exergue
    3.77 gr
    Ref : Cohen #662, RCV # 12038 var, RIC 767

    Probus, antoninianus - Rome mint, AD 278-280
    IMP PROBVS AVG, Radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus right
    VICTORIA GERM, Two captives under a trophy. R*A at exergue
    4.32 gr
    Ref : RIC #222, RCV #12055, Cohen #768

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