Tetricus II Antoninianus

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  1. JayAg47

    JayAg47 Well-Known Member

    Obv: C PIV ESV TETRICVS CAES, Radiate, draped bust right.
    Rev: SPES AVGG, Spes advancing left, holding flower in right hand and raising robe with left.
    273 to 274 AD
    Trier mint
    tetricus.png
    Although the reverse is weakly struck, the strong bust on the obverse makes up for it!
    Post your coins from the Gallic empire;)
     
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  3. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

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    Tetricus II (274 A.D.)
    Æ Antoninianus
    O: C PIV ESV TETRICVS CAES, radiate, draped bust right.
    R: SPES AVGG, Spes walking left, holding flower and raising skirt.
    Treveri (Trier) Mint
    2.9g
    19mm
    RIC 270

    Ex. Heritage Auction, May 8, 2014, Lot 61194 (part of).
     
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  4. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Nice one, @JayAg47!

    These Gallic emperors used reverse dies about twice as long as they should have. It's very unusual to find a Tetricus II with a clearly struck reverse. Spes is the most commonly encountered type for the young fella. Here's my most photogenic one.

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    Tetricus II, Caesar AD 273-274.
    Roman Æ antoninianus, 18.1 mm, 3.48 g.
    Mainz or Trier, AD 273 - spring 274.
    Obv: C PIV ESV TETRICVS CAES, radiate and draped bust right, seen from behind.
    Rev: SPES AVGG, Spes advancing left, holding flower and lifting skirt.
    Refs: RIC 270A; Cohen 88; Hunter 11; RVC 11292; Cunetio 2647; Elmer 791; Schulzki AGK 9a.
     
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  5. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    If you want to see a weakly-struck reverse, I got this last week. As I was getting my second Pfizer COVID-19 shot, I decided to drop by my local dealer's and treat myself to a snack. He had this for $7.

    I hesitated because the reverse is so awful. But the portrait is a lot better than any of the other 2 Tetricus I's in my collection, so I did my bit to stimulate the local economy.

    The reverse interpretation took some doing, but SAL is barely visible.

    Tetricus I - Ant. SALVS AZ Apr 12 2021 (0).jpg
    Gallic Empire Tetricus I
    Æ Antoninianus
    (271-274 A.D.)
    South. Gallic / Cologne Mint

    [IMP] TETRICVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right / SAL[VS AVGG], Salus standing left with [patera] & anchor, [serpent rising from altar left, I think].
    RIC 127; Elmer 788.
    (2.73 grams / 17 x 16 mm)

    Here is a Tetricus II I need to re-photograph - not sure why I was going for the dramatic angle here. Anyway, after Spes, the sacrificial implements are probably the most common for Junior:

    Tetricus II - PIETAS implements Ant $4 July 2018.jpg
    Gallic Empire Tetricus II
    (273-274 A.D.) Æ Ant.
    S. Gallic / Cologne Mint

    C P E TETRI[CVS CAE]S, radiate, draped bust right / PIETAS AVGG, Sacrificial
    implements, jug handle left.
    RIC 255 var.; Cunetio hoard 2589; Normanby hoard 1553.
    (2.08 grams / 16 mm)
     
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  6. gsimonel

    gsimonel Supporter! Supporter

    A few more Romano-Gallic emperors:
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    Postumus
    Augustus, A.D. 260-269
    Silver Double Denarius
    Lugdunum mint
    Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG
    Rev: NEPTVNO REDVCI - Nepture, standing, facing left, holding dolphin in right hand and trident in left; prow of ship at feet
    RIC 76
    23mm, 3.7g

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    Marius
    Augustus, A.D. 269
    Bronze Antoninianus
    Gallic Empire, unidentified mint
    Obv: IMP C M AVR MARIVS AVG
    Rev: VIRTVS AVG - Soldier with spear, leaning on shield
    RIC 19
    20mm, 3.4g

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    Victorinus
    Augustus A.D. 269-271
    Bronze Antoninianus
    Gallic Empire, unidentified southern mint
    Obv: IMP C VICTORINVS P F AVG
    Rev: SALVS AVG - Salus, standing left, with scepter and patera, feeding snake coiled around altar
    RIC 71, var.
    18x20mm, 2.3g.
     
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  7. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Basileus Megalos

    Tetricus II Caesar/PRINCEPS IVVENT (poorly centered strike with some apparent die brockage)

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  8. Alegandron

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

    TETRICUS II

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    RI Tetricus II 273-274 CE BI Ant SPES w Flower
     
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  9. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

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    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
    2.2g, 22mm
    RIC 270v
    Tetricus II 1.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
    2.2g, 20mm
    RIC 270v
    Tetricus II 4.jpg
    TETRICUS II
    Antoninianus
    OBVERSE: C PIV ESV TETRICVS CAES, radiate, draped bust right
    REVERSE: SPES PVBLICA, Spes walking left, holding flower and raising skirt
    Struck at Treveri, 272-273 AD
    2.5g, 19mm
    RIC 270v; Mairat 795
     
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  10. Harry G

    Harry G Well-Known Member

    Here are 3 of my favourite Gallic coins

    Tetricus I
    Tetricus I.png

    Marius
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    Postumus (struck by Aureolus)
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  11. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

    Here's my example of Tetricus with Spes :

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    By the way @JayAg47 , yours is Mairat 849 (Issue 5, officina B). There are two different variants with the Spes reverse : the first you only see one leg of Spes through her skirt; on the second, like your specimen and mine, the two legs are visible.
     
  12. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Tetricus II comes in three distinct varieties:

    1. Both dies in reasonable condition:
    Tetricus II AE Ant RIC Trier 272.JPG

    2. Reverse die beat to absolute death:
    Tetricus II RIC 272 (2020_11_18 03_38_31 UTC).JPG


    3. Barbaric imitation that ironically has a better reverse die than most official ones:
    Tetricus II RIC 248 (2020_11_18 03_38_31 UTC).JPG
     
  13. cmezner

    cmezner do ut des Supporter

    While looking at Tetricus antonianii, this Tetricus with PAX is described as contemporary imitation:
    https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=7877810

    Does contemporary here mean modern or from that time? I am usually confused when the qualifier "contemporary" is used:confused:
     
  14. JayAg47

    JayAg47 Well-Known Member

    It means that coin was made during the time-period of the original coin.
     
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  15. Choucas

    Choucas Well-Known Member

    Nice portrait! Actually the first coin you posted @JayAg47 is a SPES PVBLICA reverse and not a SPES AVGG, which makes it a Mairat 795 I believe. Same for the third one posted by @Bing .

    SPES PVBLICA.jpg
    Tetricus II, antoninian, Trier, 4th issue, 272-273 AD.
    Obv.: C PIV ESV TETRICVS CAES
    Rev. : SPES PVBLICA
    2.37g
    Normanby 1526 ; Mairat 795


    Here's another SPES I got very recently. It is (most likely) an imitation, combining a Tetricus II reverse and a Tetricus I obverse.
    SPES AVGG.jpg
    Obv. : IMP TETRICVS P F AVG
    Rev. : SPES AVGG
    2.47g
     
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  16. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Thank you for the correction @Choucas
     
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  17. Archeocultura

    Archeocultura Well-Known Member

    Nice big medallion, but probably from the nineteenth century.... (any info wellcome!) V-II Postumus medallion smallest.jpg
     
  18. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    I don’t care if it’s not ancient, that’s gorgeous
     
  19. Choucas

    Choucas Well-Known Member

    Beautiful medallion. It copies an extremely rare medallion issued for Postumus in 267 AD, of which only three specimens are known. They have a weight between 45 and 60g (!). The obverse shows jugate busts of Postumus and Hercules. The reverse is described as follow :
    HERCVLI COMITI AVG / COS III : Emperor togate, head veiled, stg. facing, head l., holding patera over small lighted altar in r. hand, facing Hercules stg. facing, head r., leaning on club with r. hand, lion's skin over l. arm; in the background, at l., victimarius stg. r., axe over r. shoulder, bringing an animal.

    I am not sure how old is yours but it also gives me a 19th century vibe. This is a very nice piece!
     
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  20. Archeocultura

    Archeocultura Well-Known Member

    Thank you Choucas! It is struck as the obverse text is double struck, OR, if it is a copy of an original, that one may have been double struck
     
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