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is there such a thing as a fully silvered Victorinus?


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My recent Tom Vossen order came in.  Has he moved to Germany?  The last two packages have been from Germany, but they didn't take forever.  The latest one was relatively quick, by the way.

The Victorinus was the throw-in of the order, the equivalent of a candy bar at the checkout.  I think this is only my second Victorinus, the last having been purchased circa 1994.  I was very intrigued by the remains of silvering.  One just hardly ever sees that for Victorinus.


Victorinus. 269-271 AD. AE Antoninianus (2.04g, 22mm). Colonia Agrippinensis mint. Struck 269-270 AD. Obv.: IMP C VICTORINVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust to right. Rev.: SALVS AV[G], Salus standing to right, feeding serpent in her arms. RIC 67. Traces of silvering

I had been in the mood for a Decius Antoninianus, and that was what the order was built around.  However, the Decius Ant was sold, and I was offered a slight credit, so I bought my first example of the 1,000th anniversary coinage.PhilipI-244-249-ARAntoninianus-Rome23mm3.14gRxSAECVLRESAVGGlion-RIC12Fporousmediocre.jpg.57bde393dd5a62c75610115c20d4e6c0.jpg

Philip I. 244-249 AD. AR Antoninianus (3.14 gm, 23mm). Rome mint. Struck 248 AD. Commemorating the 1000th Anniversary of the founding of Rome. Obv.: IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Rev.: SAECVLARES AVGG, lion walking right; I in exergue. RIC 12; RSC 173. A bit porous,


Volusian. 251-253 AD. AR Antoninianus (4.10 gm, 24mm). Rome mint. Struck 251/2 AD. Obv.: IMP CAE C VIB VOLVSIANO AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Rev.: PAX AVGG, Pax standing left, holding branch in her right hand and transverse scepter with her left; in field to right, star. Cohen 71; RIC 180.

 A square Indian Karshapana was also purchased.  It brought back memories of going through HJB pick bins back in the 1990's.  I couldnt find any Gordian III era Ants with red deposits, like in the Dorset hoard.  I remember loads of those.

I've actually put in two Antoninianus orders in a row, unheard of!  I haven't received any notes, so perhaps the other Decius Ant in stock was still there. 

Feel free to post any Victorinus or Tetricus Ants, which have traces of silvering. Is there such a thing as a fully silvered example?


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1 hour ago, Nerosmyfavorite68 said:


Is there such a thing as a fully silvered example?



Yes...here's an example (same RIC as yours) that I sold.





AD 268-270

AE antoninianus

20x21mm    3.5g

IMP C VICTORINVS P F AVG; radiate and cuirassed bust right.

SALVS AVG; Salus feeding snake

RIC Vii Rome 67

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Mine has plenty.

Victorinus (268 - 271 A.D.)

Æ(S) Antoninianus
O: IMP C VICTORINVS P F AVG, radiate draped and cuirassed bust right.
R: PAX AVG, Pax standing left holding scepter and branch, V in left field, * in right field.
Treveri (Trier). Struck 269 - 270 A.D.
RIC V 117; AGK 14a; Cohen 83

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4 hours ago, Ocatarinetabellatchitchix said:

I checked in my Victorinus’ tray to spot my shiniest specimens. Here they are, notice that # 2-3 are from unofficial mints, double-die match with pretty much silvering on them. Were the imitations from this era of better quality than the official ones?


That's the kind I looked for, unsuccessfully, when I was looking for 'barbarous radiates' which were very close to official style.  Perhaps they were a field mint?


I finally opened up the Tom Vossen package.  Of late he's been using these mini-flips.  On my desk I discovered a forgotten one, turned over, from my previous order:


Postumus. 259-268 AD. AR Antoninianus (3.67g, 23mm). Colonia Agrippinensis mint. Struck 262 AD. Obv.: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Rev.: VIRTVS AVG, Mars standing right, with spear and shield. RIC 93; Cunetio 2400. Elmer 190. Worn reverse die,

The Philip was a pleasant surprise.  While still a budget coin, it's much, much less porous in person.  It looks like a regular coin, but dull.

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