Tetricus minimi

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  1. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark hominem unius libri timeo Dealer

    This small coin has an obverse that looks like Tetricus I paired with a reverse that resembles a Tetricus II reverse with a vase.

    A.D. 271- 274
    9.5x10.5mm 0.6gm

    Tetricus minimi.JPG

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  3. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Neat little coin. Do you think it official?
  4. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark hominem unius libri timeo Dealer

    No, it's definitely unofficial...I should have put that in the post.
  5. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I thought as much.
  6. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    Very interesting. I think it's strange that the reverse is a vase.
  7. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    I have something similar -- a little 13 mm coin with a face similar to Tetricus:

    Barbarous imitation radiate.jpg
    Imitation Roman AE antoninianus 0.86 g, 13.2 mm
    Obv: Nonsensical inscription, radiate bust, right
    Rev: Nonsensical inscription, female figure standing left, holding uncertain object in right hand and cornucopiae and scepter in left hand.
  8. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark hominem unius libri timeo Dealer

    The PIETAS reverse is a fairly common type for Tetricus II


    image from Wildwinds
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  9. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    I did not know that! Thank you for sharing.
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  10. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    I have seen many examples of tiny imitative coins from this time period. In particular, I probably have more examples of mini versions of the Claudius II CONSECRATIO with the altar reverse than official versions. Here's a typical example, about the same size as the OP:
    Must have been a pretty wild time in the Gallic Empire.
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  11. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    A super neat coin, Victor.
  12. Sallent

    Sallent Supporter! Supporter

    So that's what mine would look like if it had been struck with fresh dies, had received a quality strike, and the flan had not been so poorly done...you know, basic quality control.

    tet ii implements 6 (2).jpg
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  14. Black Friar

    Black Friar Supporter! Supporter

    Love those barbarous coins.
  15. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark hominem unius libri timeo Dealer

    here's a neat minimi. It's copying an official Constantinopolis with GLORIA EXERCITVS two soldiers reverse. Official examples are pretty small at around 15mm, but this unofficial one is 10.5mm and 0.63gm. It would have been struck around A.D. 335ish.

  16. maridvnvm

    maridvnvm Well-Known Member

    I have a barb of the type in good style

  17. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Me, too but it is much too small. My records say I bought it in 1989 from a dealer named Dorney for $5.

    My favorite barb is this left facing who??? OIII on obverse - rudder on reverse is held by Fortuna???
  18. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark hominem unius libri timeo Dealer

    here's an unusual one I sold a few years ago. It is a poor attempt at copying a gold coin of Severus III-- note COMOB in the exergue. 10mm 0.5gm


    below is an example from Wildwinds of what this is copying

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