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Victorinus' PAX series


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Victorinus' Antoniniani with PAX reverse are very common. However, the series is more varied and interesting than expected.

This is an early issue, dating to 269, with his full name.

Obv.: IMP C PIAVVONIVS VICTORINVS P F AVG
Rev.: PAX AVG
Mint: Trier
Year: 269

The coin has a very large 21/22 mm flan and I think this is among the finest busts ever made for Victorinus. Its a very naturalistic depiction of a serious man with a mild smile.

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This one does not yet show the V and the star on the reverse, but Victorinus' middlename is shortened to PIAV. I'm guessing that this coin was struck in 269 to early 270, shortly after the emission with the full name.

Obv.: IMP C PIAV VICTORINVS P F AVG
Rev.: PAX AVG
Mint: Trier (?)
Year: 269-270
Measurements: 3.45g, 21mm

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This one may be the next in line, dating perhaps to 270.

Obv.: IMP C PIAV VICTORINVS P F AVG
Rev.: PAX AVG / V-Star
Mint: Trier (?)
Year: 269/270
Measurements: 3.2g, 18mm

The flan is somewhat small, but the portrait is very nice with an exceptionally high relief. I think this is the most common type of the PAX series.

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This is a late issue of the PAX series, which dates after the fall of Augustodunum in 270, as indicated by the little palm twig behind Pax.

Obv.: IMP C VICTORINVS P F AVG
Rev.: PAX AVG / V-star
Mint: Trier or Cologne
Year: 270

Measurements: 4.15g, 20mm
RIC 118

The quality of this heavy coin is very attractive.

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Finally, Victorinus' heroic bust also falls into the PAX series.

Obv: IMP C VICTORINVS PF AVG
Rev.: PAX AVG / V-Star
Mint: Trier (?)
Year: 270 (?)

I guess that the heroic bust also celebrates the victory at Autun. Maybe Trier issued the heroric bust series and Cologne the series with the palm twig to mark the victory?
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What does the V and the star stand for?

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24 minutes ago, Tejas said:

Obv.: IMP C PIAV VICTORINVS P F AVG
Rev.: PAX AVG
Mint: Trier (?)
Year: 269-270
Measurements: 3.45g, 21mm

 

25 minutes ago, Tejas said:

Obv.: IMP C PIAV VICTORINVS P F AVG
Rev.: PAX AVG
Mint: Trier (?)
Year: 269-270
Measurements: 3.45g, 21mm

All beautiful examples. But with these two I like the portraits the most. Very expressive.

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My Mairat 600 is not as heavy as yours, @Tejas, but it also has an unusually attractive portrait. This appears to be have been an exceptionally well-made issue.

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Victorinus, Gallic Roman Empire, AE antoninian, 270–271 AD, Trier mint. Obv: IMP C VICTOR[INVS P]F AVG; radiate, draped, cuirassed bust of Victorinus r.  Rev: PAX AVG; Pax, standing l., holding branch and sceptre; in field l., V; in field r., star and palm branch. 19mm, 2.35g. Ref: Mairat 600–601.

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As to Mairat all PAX coins were minted in Trier, officina B.
Attached an overview on the series, for details (mint marks etc) one has to dig deeper.

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