TETRICUS II, Caesar of the Gallic Empire
AE Antoninianus. 1.97g, 20.5mm
MINTED: Cologne mint, AD 273-274
REF: RIC V 258
OBVERSE: C PIV ESV TETRICVS CAES, radiate and draped bust right.
REVERSE: PIETAS AVGVSTOR, emblems of the pontificate.
Ex E.E. Clain-Stefanelli Collection, with collector’s old tag
Elvira Eliza Clain-Stefanelli (1914-2001) was born in Romania, and during World War II, she and her husband Vladimir were sent by the Gestapo to Buchenwald concentration camp. They survived their 3-year imprisonment and when the war was over, moved to Italy, where they worked in the numismatic trade. In 1951, they moved to the United States, where their knowledge and passion for numismatics led to them becoming curators of National Numismatics Collection at the Smithsonian. Together, they were also authors of numerous important reference works and curated an excellent personal collection of coins.
Reddish brown patina. Slightly ragged flan with minor flan crack.
Caius Pius Esuvius Tetricus was the son of Tetricus I, and in 273, he was raised to the rank of Caesar by his father. When the Gallic Empire fell to Emperor Aurelian in 274, both father and son were paraded in Aurelian's triumph at Rome. Their lives were thereafter spared by the emperor and Tetricus's father was even given an official position in southern Italy.
TETRICUS II, Usurper . AD 273-274 . Antoninianus . *Ex Clain-Stefanelli Coll.**
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