AE Antoninianus. 4.03g, 25.5mm
MINTED: Cyzicus mint, Jan - Jun AD 276
REF: New RIC V/2 Online temp #4019
OBVERSE: IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: CLEMENTIA TEMP, Mars in military dress standing right, holding spear in left hand, giving globe to Emperor standing left, holding long sceptre in left hand; P in exergue.
Very Fine. Dark green patina with hard earthen cover highlighting devices. An eye-appealing example, struck on a remarkably broad flan encompassing border beading on both sides.
Tacitus was a distinguished and respected senator who was offered the throne by the Roman Senate when Emperor Aurelian was assassinated in 275. During his short reign, he restored some measure of power to the Senate, and also defeated an army of Goth mercenaries who had been marauding the Eastern provinces. He died suddenly while on his way to repulse a Frankish and Alamannic invasion of Gaul. He was succeeded by his half-brother, Florian.
TACITUS . AD 275-276 . AE Antoninianus . Clementia . *Broad Flan!*
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