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If not the best portraits ever, my best coin for Aurelian features both Aurelian and Severina :

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Aurelian and Severina, Double sestertius Rome mint, 274-275 CE
IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian right
SEVERINA AVG, diademed and draped bust of Severina right, on crescent
11.18 gr
Ref : Cohen # 1, RIC # 2, RCV # 11696

 

Whether it is a double sestertius or a dupondius is still disputed, but I like to see it as a double sestertius. Whatever it is, it's a very rare coin

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Severina Bil Aurelianus Antioch 275 AD Obv Bust right diademed and draped set on crescent. RV Concordia standing left holding military standard in each hand. RIC 29 MIR 382a2 This coin illustrated. Weber & King NC 1984 Plate 35 5 This coin illustrated Brenot &Pflaum RN 1965 Tome 7 Plate VIIII 2 b This coin illustrated. 3.37 grms 23 mm Photo by W. Hansenseverina1.jpg.2a1b0693d187f952f60a63267c707729.jpgThis rather fresh looking coin is pedigreed to three books the earliest reference I could find is back in 1968 I was lucky with this one. I knew the MIR reference when I bought it. However when checking that out I found the NC and then the RN reference. 

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13 hours ago, Severus Alexander said:

Finally, here's my best Severina portrait, on a denarius like @DonnaML's nice example :

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Yours is great too. What do you think Venus is holding? On my example posted above, it looks sort of like an apple balanced on a spike. On yours, it looks a bit more substantial.

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Bronze Coin (AE Antoninianus) minted during the reign of AURELIAN between 270 - 275 A.D. Obv. IMP.C.AVRELIANVS.AVG.: Rad., dr. & cuir. bust r. Rev. CONCORDIA.MILITVM.: AURELIAN and Concord stg. facing each other, clasping r. hands, in ex. P*. RCS #3258. DVM #7 pg.257.

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Billon Coin (AE Antoninianus) minted at Antioch for SEVERINA, Wife of AURELIAN, in 274 A.D. Obv. SEVERINA.AVG.: Diad. & dr. bust r., resting on crescent. Rev. CONCORDIAE.MILITVM.: Concordia stg. l., holding two standards, in ex. XXI., in l. field S. RCS #3285. RICV #20. DVM #4.

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Bronze Coin (AE Antoninianus) minted at Antioch during the reign of VABALATHUS between 271 - 272 A.D. Obv. VABALATHVS.V.C.R.IM.D.R.: laur., dr. and cuir. bust, r., (these were struck during the uneasy peace between Rome and Palmyra immediately following the accession of AURELIAN. The letters V.C.R.IM.D.R. seem to = VIR CLARISSIMUS REX IMPERATOR DUX ROMANORUM.) Rev. IMP.C.AVRELIANVS.AVG.: rad. and cuir. bust of AURELIAN r. RCS #3292. RICV #381 pg.308. DVM #1.

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The day of Probus draws ever closer. But in the meantime, here are some of my Aurelian Antoniniani.  IMG_0159.JPG.91e96dd1b18acf870061eddd00731b48.JPG

Aurelian

Denomination: Antoniniani

Mint: Rome
Autumn 273

Obv: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG
Rev: ORIEN AVG (sic)

Exergue:-/-//Q

Ref: RIC Online 1671 (sic)

Note: Spelling error on part of the engraver. ORIEN AVG rather than ORIENS AVG

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Aurelian

Denomination: Antoniniani

Mint: Cyzicus
Spring 273 – spring 274

Obv: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG
Rev: RESTITVTOR ORBIS

Exergue:-/-//-

Ref: RIC Online 2997

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Aurelian

Denomination: Antoniniani

Mint: Uncertain Balkan mint
End 271 – autumn 272

Obv: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG
Rev: FIDES EXERCITI

Exergue:-/-//-

Ref: RIC Online 2445

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On 3/20/2023 at 7:06 AM, Qcumbor said:

If not the best portraits ever, my best coin for Aurelian features both Aurelian and Severina :

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Aurelian and Severina, Double sestertius Rome mint, 274-275 CE
IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian right
SEVERINA AVG, diademed and draped bust of Severina right, on crescent
11.18 gr
Ref : Cohen # 1, RIC # 2, RCV # 11696

 

Whether it is a double sestertius or a dupondius is still disputed, but I like to see it as a double sestertius. Whatever it is, it's a very rare coin

Q

A Double Sestertius is very impressive!  I've had a very tooled (and description said so back then) example since the 1990's.  I agree with Matt Kreuzer, whom I bought the coin from, that the issues were Sestertii and double sestertii.  A denomination of 1/32 (As to Antoninianus) would have made no sense. 

Mine's a toolie, but unless I get lucky, it'll probably be the only example I'll come across.  They don't seem to turn up on vcoins very often.

This thread reminds me of a want; a Vabalathus Tet in really nice shape.  Perhaps I'll have to sort that out on my upcoming coin buy.

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We have reached the era and time of Tacitus. I'll kick-off with this one...

Tacitus 275 - 276 C.E. Ӕ silvered Antoninianus, Rome, 275 21 x 23 mm - 4.07 g

O/ IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

R/ LAETITIA FVND Laetitia standing left, holding wreath and anchor. XXIB in exergue.

Reference: RIC Vi Rome 89b large, grey silvering present, XF 

 

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Tacitus, Roman Empire, AE antoninian, 275–276 AD, Rome mint. Obv: IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG; bust of Tacitus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: PROVIDENTIA AVG; Providentia, draped, standing l., holding baton in r. hand and cornucopiae in l. hand; at her feet, globe; in exergue, XXIA. 22mm, 2.97g. Ref: RIC V Tacitus 92.

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Bronze coin (AE Antoninianus) minted at Ticinum during the reign of TACITUS between 275 - 276 A.D. Obv. IMP.C.M.CL.TACITVS.P.AVG.: Rad., dr. & cuir. bust r. Rev. CONCORDIA.MILITVM.: Emperor and Concordia stg. facing each other, clasping r. hands. RICV #. 131.

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Bronze coin (AE Antoninianus) minted at Ticinum during the reign of TACITUS between 275 - 276 A.D. Obv. IMP.C.M.CL.TACITVS.AVG.: Rev. PROVIDE.AVG.: Providentia stg. l., holding globe and sceptre. RCS #3309. RIC# 152.

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My best Tacitus is an antoninianus too :

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Tacitus, Antoninianus - Ticinium, AD 275-276
IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, Radiate bust of Tacitus right
SECVRIT PERP, Securitas standing left leaning on column, retrograde µ at exergue
4.03 gr
Ref : RCV #11812, Cohen #131, RIC V (1) 163

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I always like how young Tacitus looks in his portraits…he was supposedly 75 years old at the time, must have had some great work done on that face 😃
 

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Tacitus, AE Antoninianus. 275-276 AD. Rome mint. IMP CM CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right / SALVS AVG. Salus standing left, holding sceptre, feeding serpent rising from altar. Mintmark ; XXIΔ. RIC 93.

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Tacitus, Antoninianus (24 mm, 3.71 g), Lugdunum, 276. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Tacitus to r./ Rev. TEMPORVM FELICITAS / Δ - ✱ Felicitas standing front, head to left, holding long caduceus in her right hand and cornucopiae in her left. RIC 65.

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10 hours ago, Shea19 said:

I always like how young Tacitus looks in his portraits…he was supposedly 75 years old at the time, must have had some great work done on that face 😃
 

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Tacitus, AE Antoninianus. 275-276 AD. Rome mint. IMP CM CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right / SALVS AVG. Salus standing left, holding sceptre, feeding serpent rising from altar. Mintmark ; XXIΔ. RIC 93.

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Tacitus, Antoninianus (24 mm, 3.71 g), Lugdunum, 276. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Tacitus to r./ Rev. TEMPORVM FELICITAS / Δ - ✱ Felicitas standing front, head to left, holding long caduceus in her right hand and cornucopiae in her left. RIC 65.

Ancient Botox...

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Here is my best portrait of Tacitus :

 

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IMP C M CL TACITVS P AVG : radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right

CONCORDIA MILITVM // V : Emperor and Concordia shaking hands, V in exerque

Antoninianus, Siscia, A.D.276, RIC Va 131 p.340

 

 

 

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I don't even have a whole coin of Tacitus.

Tacitus Antoninianus, 275-276
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Ticinum. Billon, 22mm, 2.78g. Bust of Tacitus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, right; IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG. Providentia, draped, standing left, holding globe in right hand and sceptre in left hand; PROVIDE AVG; mintmark Q (RIC V, 152). Found in Lincolnshire.

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My one Tacitus (the same type as @Shea19's from Lugdunum, but a different officina):

Tacitus, silvered billon Antoninianus, Lugdunum [Lyons] Mint, First Officina, 275-276 AD. Obv. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, IMP C L TACITVS AVG / Rev. Felicitas standing left, holding long caduceus upright in left hand and cornucopiae in right hand, TEMPORVM FELICITAS, A [First Officina] in left field, star [*] in right field. RIC V-1 65, Sear RCV III 11817 (ill.), Cohen 144. 23 mm., 3.4 g.

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My only Tacitus (he looks sad in this one, crying)

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Tacitus AD 275-276. Ticinum

Antoninianus Æ silvered

24 mm, 2,86 g

IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, bust of Tacitus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, right or bust of Tacitus, radiate, cuirassed, right / MARTI PACIF, Mars, walking left, holding olive-branch in right hand and spear and shield in left hand

RIC V Tacitus 145

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Sorry I missed Aurelian but I miss a lot of deadlines anymore.  For Tacitus, I feel obligated to post one of the double value XI coins from Antioch with twice the silver as the XXi regulars.  Other than alloy, it is a very ordinary looking type.  I lack and always wanted one of the IA types from a mint that used Greek officinae.  rs2460bb2239.jpg.69f9e09ceff999f04d19517ef10bb883.jpg

More unusual and lower grade is the one with ovberse legend including INVICTVS from Serdica. 

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I subscribe to the view that Tacitus was another young-ish army type and that later authors got confused.

I think his best portraits come from Lugdunum. (Thanks for this one, @Qcumbor!!)

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Here's my double-ant from Antioch:

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And here's something you don't see every day, a Tacitus provincial not from Alexandria. It's from Perge in Pamphylia. These are the very last provincial coins issued outside Egypt:

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The portrait is kind of nifty.  I believe this coin may be the best known example (of only a handful). One of my top 10 from last year, for sure!

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