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E-auction 503-413874 - brm_678694 - TACITUS Aurelianus

TACITUS Aurelianus VF
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Estimate : 50 €
Price : 21 €
Maximum bid : 21 €
End of the sale : 05 December 2022 14:29:00
bidders : 5 bidders
Type : Aurelianus
Date: novembre - dcembre
Date: 275
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : billon
Millesimal fineness : 50 ‰
Diameter : 22 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 3,08 g.
Rarity : R3
Officine: 6e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré à l’usure superficielle. Patine gris métallique avec des reflets rosés. A été nettoyé
Catalogue references :
C.-  - RIC.-  - B.-
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant du trésor de Guercheville


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


Reverse legend : FIDE-S MI-LITVM// -|S// XXI.
Reverse description : Fides (la Fidélité) militaire debout à gauche tenant une enseigne dans chaque main.
Reverse translation : “Fides Militum”, (La Fidélité militaire).


Poids léger. Avec une partie de son argenture superficielle. Rubans de type 3 aux extrémités bouletées. Tous les exemplaires, les deux du Kunsthistorisches Museen de Vienne et celui du British Museum de Londres ainsi que le notre sont de mêmes coins de droit et de revers. C’est le cinquième exemplaire signalé.

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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