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E-auction 302-221282 - TACITUS Aurelianus

TACITUS Aurelianus XF
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Estimate : 175 €
Price : 91 €
Maximum bid : 102 €
End of the sale : 28 January 2019 14:14:30
bidders : 10 bidders
Type : Aurelianus
Date: début - juin
Date: 276
Mint name / Town : Serdica
Metal : billon
Millesimal fineness : 50 ‰
Diameter : 22 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 3,58 g.
Rarity : R3
Officine: 3e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire parfaitement centré des deux cotés avec un très beau buste. Joli revers. Patine marron foncé
Catalogue references :


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


Reverse legend : PRO-VIDEN D-EOR// KA.
Reverse description : Fides (la Fidélité) debout à droite, tenant une enseigne de chaque main. Face à elle, Sol (le Soleil) radié, debout à gauche, levant la main droite et tenant un globe de la gauche.
Reverse legend : .G..
Reverse translation : “Providentia Deorum”, (La Providence des dieux).


Type très rare correspondant au RIC temp. 3943 qui recense quatre exemplaires. Petite égide particulièrement bien visible sur la cuirasse.

Historical background


(11-12/275-06/276) Marcus Claudius Tacitus

According to the late A. Chastagnol the interregnum lasted nearly two months between late September and early December 275 maximum and the researcher highlighted that Tacitus was not elected by the Senate alone, but with the support of the army, in a flurry of diplomatic activity between Rome and the Pannonian armies to Tacitus accepts purple. The date of his elevation problem and the traditional date of 25 September can be questioned if the interregnum lasted until December. Tacitus, in early 276, left Rome to fight the Goths who invaded Asia Minor. He was finally assassinated in Tyana in Cappadocia.

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