Florian, AD 276, Billon Antoninianus. Obv. Radiate head of Florian facing right. Rev. VIRTVS AVGVSTI, Mars, in military attire, advancing right, holding transverse spear and trophy over shoulder. Officina mark II in exergue, Lugdunum Mint. (S.11879). Extremely Fine condition with traces of original silvering on obverse.
A very rare coin from an emperor who only held power for three months from June to August AD 276.
Aurelian, AD 270-275. AE Antoninianus. Obverse: Radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Aurelian facing to right. Reverse: CONCORD MILIT. Aurelian and Concordia standing facing each other and clasping right hands. Officina Mark Γ in exergue. Extremely Fine with much original silvering. [S.11515]
Carinus, As Caesar, AD 283-285. Æ Antoninianus. Radiate bust R. / Carinus in military attire stg. L. holding sceptre and standard. EKA in exergue. [S.12303] Good Extremely Fine with almost full silvering.
Quintillus, AD 270, AE. Antoninianus. Obverse. Radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Quintillus facing right. Reverse. SECVRIT AVG, Securitas holding sceptre and leaning on a column, XI in exergue [S.11451] Extremely Fine
Probus became emperor in AD 276 after overthrowing the emperor Florianus. A native of the city of
Sirmium in what is now Serbia, he rose to prominence and proved himself a capable administrator
and commander and is recognised as an emperor who contributed to the revival of the Roman Empire at
a time of severe turmoil and crisis. In AD 277/8 his armies defeated the Goths, Alamanni, Longiones,
Franks and Burgundians. He realised that the best way to keep his soldiers out of trouble was to keep
them busy so, with the frontiers of the empire stabilised, he set his men to the task of rebuilding the shattered
infrastructure of key provinces that had crumbled under previous emperors by building roads,
bridges and fortifications, draining marshes, digging canals and, interestingly, planting extensive vineyards.
New plantations sprang up across Europe and there is mention in some records of Probus authorising
the planting of vineyards in Britain too so we may still be enjoying the fruits of his labours today!
These Antoninianus, or ‘Ants’ as we call them, are as good as they come, virtually as struck and with
original lustre. There are a variety of reverse types most with standing figures but a limited number available
in this grade.
Hadrian (A.D. 117-138) was one of the most able and conscientious of Roman
Emperors. He spent his reign visiting the vast majority of his provinces.
Consolidating and strengthening the Empire’s defences after the expansion by his predecessor,
Trajan. The most famous example of his work was Hadrian’s Wall! Which
spread from the River Tyne in the East, to the River Solway in the West: at 73 miles
(117.5 kilometres) it is the largest Roman monument anywhere in the world!
Own a Roman bronze coin of Hadrian called an ‘As’. These are well circulated, I.E
Very Good grade, and at a very reasonable price. The coins have his portrait visible
but please don’t expect a lot more at this price.