Probus...a pretty good emperor

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  1. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Supporter! Supporter

    Latest inexpensive Probus addition.. I like how the helmet on these seem to incorporate the radiate crown..


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  3. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Also be on the lookout for the two Rome mint (A)EQVITI series which I never completed. I am sure I have shown these before. Almost all of my coins of Probus came 20 years ago when there must have been a hoard of decent coins for low prices. When too many people start buying, I tend to move along to another fad.
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    If anyone has not heard of these series, the following page might help.
  4. Orielensis

    Orielensis Supporter! Supporter

    For some reason I own just a single Probus – never quite got into collecting this emperor, though his coinage is both affordable and attractive.

    Rom – Probus, Tripolis, antoninianus, Clementia, Jupiter und Kaiser (neuestes Foto).png
    Probus, Roman Empire, AE antoninian (traces of silvering), 276–282 AD, Tripolis mint. Obv: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Rev: CLEMENTIA TEMP. Emperor standing right, holding eagle-tipped sceptre, receiving globe (or pileus?) from Jupiter, holding sceptre. Crescent in lower centre; mintmark KA. 23 mm, 4.13 g. Ref: RIC V-2, 928 (crescent).
  5. cmezner

    cmezner do ut des Supporter

    I think it reads RESTITVT ORBIS:confused:
  6. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    Probus was the last morally admirable emperor except perhaps Julian II, in that he cared more for the well-being of his country than for stuffing his coffers. His portraits and reverses are also fun to collect, and the market for his coins is quite strong.

    My "main" Probus
    Probus antoninianus adventvs avg.jpg

    Other ones I just ended up keeping

    Holed, but an incredibly styled facing quadriga, plus I'm assuming the hole's shape and position means it was used in antiquity as a decoration on something - just makes it even more cool!
    Probus sol invicto chariot holed.jpg
    Probus Alexandria tetradrachm year 2 eagle.jpg
    Probus VICTORIA GERM.jpg
    Probus consular portrait SOL INVICTO quadriga left rome.jpg
    Probus Antoninianus ROMAE AETER temple of Roma.jpg
    Probus antoninianus martial bust Salus.jpg
  7. Alegandron

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

    That us purdy cool! "Funky Hat", but cool. Perhaps he posed for this bust when he was at a party. I don't think I could had worn that hat. :)
  8. Theoderic

    Theoderic Active Member

    The only Probus I currently have:

    Probus RIC 864 antoninianus.png
    AR Antoninianus (24 mm, 3.95 grams, 7h), Serdica mint, 2nd officina

    Obverse: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right
    Reverse: S-O-LI INVICT-O, Sol, raising hand and holding whip, driving facing quadriga; KAB in exergue
    Reference: RIC V 864
    Provenance: Roma I (October 15, 2010), Lot 496
  9. maridvnvm

    maridvnvm Well-Known Member

    Obv:– IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate bust right in imperial mantle, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle
    Rev:– SOLI INVICTO, Sol in spread quadriga, holding globe, whip and billowing cloak.
    Minted in Serdica (Γ in exe) Emission 3 Officina 3.
    Reference:– RIC 861 var. Radiate bust right in imperial mantle, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle (This bust type is not listed in RIC. This issue mark is not listed for this mint).

    There is evidence that this coin forms part of an unlisted second series of mintmarks used during the third emission of Serdica using Greek letters that ran in parallel to the Roman equivalent.

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