Author Topic: Probus (276-282 AD), Silvered Antoninianus, Serdica mint, RIC V 861  (Read 51 times)

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Probus (276-282 AD), Silvered Antoninianus, Serdica mint, RIC V 861 (3.49 g, 25 mm)

Obverse: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG. Radiate bust of Probus facing left, wearing imperial mantle and holding sceptre surmounted by eagle in right hand
Reverse: SOLI INVICTO (The unconquered Sun). Sol, radiate, in spread quadriga, holding whip. KA•Γ in ex.

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Re: Probus (276-282 AD), Silvered Antoninianus, Serdica mint, RIC V 861
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2019, 11:30:29 PM »
There is a very good likeness of the portrait on this coin with the bust shown on wikipedia. Since later emperors more and more used standard portraits, not necessarily in their image, this is a sign of confidence and administrative care. I find the chariot of Sol Invictus racing towards the observer, who is about to be run over appealing. By aligning himself with Sol Invictus, his message is something like "resistance is useless; you will be assimilated". ;) Add a fantastic state of conservation and this is a museum quality coin.

Peter
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