Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Tejas, Apr 16, 2021.
IMP C CL TACITVS AVG // VIRTVS AVG
I wonder, if this is from the mint of Rome or Lyon?
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...here's my $10 one...
Tacitus (275-276), Double Antoninianus, Tripolis mint.
Obverse: IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front;
Reverse: CLEMENTIA TEMP, Mars standing left, holding olive branch in right hand, spear and shield which rests on ground in left hand, star in left field; IA in exergue;
RIC 214, RIC V Online 4113
This denomination, while called "double", was not actually double the weight of the standard coins; it simply had double the silver content, as indicated by the exergue mark (IA means "10:1" in Greek, and the same is true for the Antioch version, which said XI, in Latin).
Yes, the coins of Tacitus were only struck for the duration of his reign, as he was not deified and no emperor struck posthumous coins for him; however, this doesn't mean that his coins are particularly rare, with the exception of a few special types.
OBVERSE: IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
REVERSE: CLEMENTIA TEMP, Tacitus receiving globe from Jupiter, Z in lower centre, XXI in ex.
Struck at Antioch, 275-6 AD
RIC 210, Z
OBVERSE: IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate cuirassed bust right
REVERSE: PROVIDE AVG, Providentia standing left, holding globe & transverse sceptre, Q in ex
Struck at Ticinum, 275-6 AD
RIC 152f, C 90
PAX AVGVSTI - Siscia
CONSERVAT MILIT - Serdica
Here's a link corresponding to your coin.
Tacitus, Antoninianus - Ticinium mint, AD 275-276
IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, Radiate bust of Tacitus right
SECVRIT PERP, Securitas standing left leaning on column, retrograde µ at exergue
Ref : RCV #11812, Cohen #131, RIC V (1) 163
Thanks to Helvetica for RIC reference and help on exergue
I found this one, which fetched an insanely high price:
Very cool. The mint mark TR is clearly visible. This is Tripolis in Phrygia (modern Turkey).
Thanks a lot for the link. This is very helpful.
Wow, this is a very attractive example. I love the portrait! Is the symbol in the exergue a mint mark that distinguishes the Ticinium mint?
Tactus held the title of "Gothicus Maximus" and he issued coins celebrating his victories over the Goths. This was the reason why I was first attracted to his coins and for a long time these two were my only two Tacitus coins:
Obv:– IMP C CL TACITVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev:– VIRTVS AVG, Mars standing left, holding spear and resting hand on shield
Minted in Lugdunum (no marks), Emission 1, from October to December A.D. 275
References:– Cohen 172, Bastien 48, RIC 69 Bust Type C
This one was one of my ealiest Tacitus (ex Langcroft hoard). It's still in my trays somewhere but this image is poor (taken with a flatbed scanner!) as it was taken back in 2004
A more recent version (bought as part of a mixed lot) is here.
I guess so, at least it's what Dane told me
Thanks for the kind words
The portrait style is quite distinctive.
It is only recently, that I became interested in different mints and to collect mostly common coins, but from different mints.
I wonder what the letters A - A stand for on the reverse:
Separate names with a comma.