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Live auction - brm_829473 - PROBUS Aureus

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Estimate : 9 500 €
Price : 8 008 €
Maximum bid : 8 008 €
End of the sale : 06 June 2023 15:03:09
bidders : 5 bidders
Type : Aureus
Date: 276-282
Mint name / Town : Siscia
Metal : gold
Millesimal fineness : 1000 ‰
Diameter : 20 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 5,20 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie idéalement centrée. Superbe buste ainsi qu’un joli revers de style fin. Patine de collection
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la vente iNumis, Mail Bid Sale 9, lot n° 220 Avec son certificat d'exportation de bien culturel n°225224 délivré par le ministère français de la Culture


Obverse legend : IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG.
Obverse description : Buste lauré, drapé et cuirassé de Probus à droite, vu de trois quarts en arrière (A*2).
Obverse translation : “Imperator Cæsar Marcus Aurelius Probus Augustus” (L’empereur césar Marc Aurèle Probus auguste).


Reverse legend : SECVRITAS SAECVLI // SIS.
Reverse description : Securitas (la Sécurité) assise à gauche, les jambes croisées, son bras gauche posé sur le dossier de son siège soutenant sa tête et tenant de la main droite un sceptre.
Reverse translation : “Secvritas Sæculi”, (la Sécurité du siècle).

Historical background



Probus was born on August 19, 232 in Sirmium. He led a brilliant military career during the reigns between Valerian I and Tacitus. Commander of the army of the East on the death of Tacitus, he was immediately proclaimed emperor and easily triumphed over Florian, who was assassinated. The situation is serious. The Rhine-Danubian limes gave way under the pressure of the Germanic invasions. Probus restores peace in Gaul, in Germania then in Rhaetia where he inflicts a severe defeat on the Germanic peoples, in Thrace where he crushes the Sarmatians and the Scythians, in Asia Minor which he cleans of looters and Pamphylian pirates, finally in Africa where he ends the incursions of the Blemmyes. In 280, he signed peace with Vahram II, Sassanid monarch. He must face the usurpations of Saturnin, Bonose and Proculus. Probus, having triumphed over all his adversaries, returned to Rome in 281 and celebrated his victories. Before preparing a new expedition against the Sassanids, he fell under the blows of his own soldiers at Sirmium in 282.

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