AE Antoninianus. 4.93gm, 23mm
MINTED: Ticinum mint, AD 281
REF: RIC 489; Cohen 481
OBVERSE: IMP C PROBVS P F AVG, radiate bust wearing imperial mantle, holding eagle-tipped scepter in right hand.
REVERSE: PROVIDENT AVG, Providentia standing left, holding globe in right hand and transverse scepter in left; Q in left field, SXXI in exergue.
About Extremely Fine. Nice portrait. Well-centered on a broad flan of good weight. Almost fully silvered.
Born in Sirmium (present-day Sremska Mitrovica in Serbia), Probus was a career soldier who rose to become the 47th Emperor of the Roman Empire. He spent much of his 6-year reign putting down usurpers and campaigning against the Goths, Alamanni, Vandals and other Germanic tribes. He successfully strengthened the Empire against its enemies, but was murdered in 282 by some of his own soldiers who were unhappy at being given the menial task of draining marshes.
PROBUS . AD 276-282 . Antoninianus . "Providentia" . Silvered
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