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E-auction 294-214243 - TACITUS Aurelianus

TACITUS Aurelianus AU
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Estimate : 175 €
Price : 155 €
Maximum bid : 175 €
End of the sale : 03 December 2018 14:26:00
bidders : 10 bidders
Type : Aurelianus
Date: début - juin
Date: 276
Mint name / Town : Serdica
Metal : billon
Millesimal fineness : 50 ‰
Diameter : 22,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,02 g.
Rarity : R3
Officine: 4e
Coments on the condition:
Très bel exemplaire bien centré. Joli buste et beau revers. Patine vert foncé


Obverse legend : IMP C M CL TACITVS P 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 Pius Felix Augustus”, (L'empereur césar Marc Claude Tacite pieux heureux auguste).


Reverse legend : PRO-VIDEN D-EOR//.
Reverse description : Fides (la Fidélité) et Sol (le Soleil) debout face à face ; la Fidélité est debout à gauche tournée à droite drapée, tenant dans chaque main une enseigne militaire ; Sol est debout à droite, tourné à gauche ; il est radié, nu, le manteau sur l’épaule, levant la main droite et tenant un globe de la main gauche.
Reverse legend : KA.D..
Reverse translation : “Providentia Deorum”, (La Providence divine).


Type très rare correspondant au RIC temp. n°3967 qui ne recense que deux exemplaires, celui du trésor de La Venera et un au musée de Zagreb. C’est le seul exemplaire en collection privée !.

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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