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brm_751874 - TACITUS Aurelianus

TACITUS Aurelianus MS
250.00 €(Approx. 265.00$ | 215.00£)
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Type : Aurelianus
Date: mai - juin
Date: 276
Mint name / Town : Lyon
Metal : billon
Millesimal fineness : 50 ‰
Diameter : 22,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 3,90 g.
Officine: 2e
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie sur un flan large, idéalement centré. Joli buste de Tacite. Avec son argenture
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la collection J. S


Obverse legend : IMP CL TACITVS AVG.
Obverse description : Buste radié, drapé et cuirassé de Tacite à droite, vu de trois quarts en avant (A).
Obverse translation : “Imperator Claudius Tacitus Augustus”, (L’empereur Claude Tacite auguste).


Reverse legend : M-ARS -V-I-CTOR/ B|*// -.
Reverse description : Mars nu et casqué, le manteau sur l’épaule flottant au vent, tenant une haste transversale de la main droite et un trophée reposant sur l’épaule gauche.
Reverse translation : “Mars Victor”, (Mars victorieux).

Historical background



According to A. Chastagnol, the interregnum lasts nearly two months, between the end of September and the beginning of December 275 at most. The same researcher establishes that Tacitus was not elected by the Senate alone, but with the help of the army, during a diplomatic ballet between Rome and the Pannonian armies, so that Tacitus would accept the purple. The date of his elevation poses a problem and the traditional date of September 25 may be called into question if the interregnum lasts until December. At the beginning of 276, Tacitus left Rome to fight the Goths who had invaded Asia Minor. He was finally assassinated at Tyana in Cappadocia..

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