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New episode is up! Lets go over the coinage of this very competent emperor, so loved by many numismatists such as myself. Enjoy!
Post any Probus coins you like 🙂
 

 

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My only Probus coin and the first ancient coin that I ever purchased. Thanks to this forum, I was ecstatic to find out that it doesn't actually have bronze disease, despite appearances. @Leo I also enjoy your videos - I have seen maybe 10 or more at this point.

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Probus AE Antoninianus. Siscia, 281 AD. IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate draped bust right / CLEMENTIA TEMP, Probus standing right, holding sceptre, receiving Victory from Jupiter standing left, holding sceptre. Officina letter in lower centre. Mintmark XXI. Cohen 87, Ric 644.

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A truer statement was never made: "Probus deserves more screen time"!
Great Probus-captives, @Octavius!

Here's my Lugdunum, 4th emission. Before the video I'd never heard that the mint's coins have a particular good layering of silvering, but there is indeed still a good layer visible on this one. The reverse is a bit weak but I got this particular specimen because I wanted one from the great collector of Probus coins, Philippe Gysen (1950-2019). It looks better in some of the references listed:

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Probus BI Antoninianus (4.08g). Lugdunum (4th em., 4th off.), late 277 CE.
Obv: IMP C PROBVS PF AVG. Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: ABVNDANTIA AVG / IIII. Abundantia standing right, emptying cornucopiae held in both hands.
Ref: RIC 17; Bastien 196 (Supp II-e, this coin).

Prov: This coin = Ex Philippe Gysen (1950-2019; his inventory #5) = Philippe Gysen Collection, Part II, Jacquier 46 (20 Sept 2019), Lot 315 = Berliner Münzauktion 74 (31 October 1992), Lot 512 = Bastien Suppl II 196-e (this coin) = Hiland & Oliva (2013), Le Règne de l'Empereur Probus, Histoire et Numismatique (276-282 apr. J.-C.), Page 79, No. 9 (this coin illustrated) = Probvs.net RIC 17 (ex. 1 of 3, this coin) = Probuscoins.fr Coin ID 555 (this coin).

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Another great video @Leo.

Here is my Probus from the Tripolis mint.

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Roman Empire
Probus, BI Antoninianus, Tripolis mint, second officina, struck ca. AD 276-282
Dia.: 22 mm
Wt.: 3.82 g
Obv: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev: CLEMENTIA TEMP•, emperor standing right, holding eagle-tipped sceptre, receiving globe from Jupiter, holding sceptre, crescent in lower centre, KA in ex. 
Ref.: RIC V(b) 927.
Ex Doug Smith Collection (illustrated on his webpage for Probus), acquired in 1997 from Kreuzer

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A provincial Probus

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Probus, Ruled 276-282 AD
AE20 Tetradrachm, Alexandria, Egypt
Struck Year 4, 278-279 AD
Obverse
: A K M AVP ΠPOBOC CЄB, Laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: Eirene holding olive branch and sceptre, LΔ to right (RY 4 = 278/279 AD)
References: Emmett 3986.4, R1
Size: 20.2mm, 7.9g
Ex: The Reverend Willis McGill Collection (McGill was an American missionary stationed in Egypt, who started collecting there during World War I)

[Original collector’s envelope has incorrect attribution.]

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Probus (276-282)
Antoninianus, Rome
Obv.: IMP PROBVS AVG, Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle.
Rev.: SOLI INVICTO, R /crescent and star/ E in ex, Sol driving quadriga left, raising hand, holding globe and whip
4.43g, 22.4mm
Ref.: RIC 202

 

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Probus
Egypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
Obv.: K M AYP ΠΡΟΒΟC CEB, Laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: L - B = year 2 (AD 276-277), Eagle standing left, head right, wreath in beak.
Billon, 6.77g, 20.5mm
Ref.: Geissen 3126, Kampmann/Ganschow 112.5
Ex Pecunem 10, Group Lot 869

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Probus
Egypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
Obv.: K M AYP ΠΡΟΒΟC CEB, Laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: LΔ, year 4, 278-279, Tyche standing left, rudder in right, cornucopia in left.
Billon, 7.78g, 20mm
Ref.: Geissen 3141-43, Kampmann/Ganschow 112.21

 

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Probus
Egypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
Obv.: K M AYP ΠΡΟΒΟC CEB, Laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: L - Δ, year 4, 278-279, Eagle standing right, wreath in beak, palm on wing
Billon, 7.47g, 19.34m
Ref.: Geissen 3135, Kampmann/Ganschow 112.17

 

 

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One of my many, many Lugdunum 

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Rome. A rare use of the vertical crescent in the mint mark

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Part of the coded series from Ticinum 

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Mars types are prolific at Siscia

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Serdica

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RIC 911 is the most prolific  type from Cyzicus. This is one of the earlier issues

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Antioch

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Tripolis

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Unspecified eastern mint

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Alexandria - 

Ex-Col. James W. Curtis Collection.
Ex-Olympus #5 catalogue (December 1982)
Ex-Keith Emmett Collection.

Described by Col. Curtis as "Very Rare" on his 2x2 coin holder, which still accompanies the coin. Rated R4 by Emmett.

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7 hours ago, Justin Lee said:

Original collector’s envelope has incorrect attribution

Thank you for sharing an image of the collector's envelope as well! Hope you don't mind that I was adding it to my "database" ... (Still too small for a "database," really, but I have used it to ID one coin/tag with lost provenance, hand-written by Rev. Edgar Rogers (1873-1960/1), in someone else's collection, I still don't think I have a Rev. Rogers [FAC 103980, 767591 (21 Feb 2022), Curtis]). BUT...

I discovered I already have a photo of one of these Rev. W. McGill envelopes! (This one can serve as a duplicate photo if you don't mind.) The first one was for a Domitian AE Diobol from Alexandria. Starting to sound familiar? The source.... (hope you don't mind) =

[CT Post 4223676 (8 Mar 2020), Justin Lee/iOmega Coll.]

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4 hours ago, Curtis JJ said:

Thank you for sharing an image of the collector's envelope as well! Hope you don't mind that I was adding it to my "database" ... (Still too small for a "database," really, but I have used it to ID one coin/tag with lost provenance, hand-written by Rev. Edgar Rogers (1873-1960/1), in someone else's collection, I still don't think I have a Rev. Rogers [FAC 103980, 767591 (21 Feb 2022), Curtis]). BUT...

I discovered I already have a photo of one of these Rev. W. McGill envelopes! (This one can serve as a duplicate photo if you don't mind.) The first one was for a Domitian AE Diobol from Alexandria. Starting to sound familiar? The source.... (hope you don't mind) =

[CT Post 4223676 (8 Mar 2020), Justin Lee/iOmega Coll.]

Sounds like a great idea and service you'd be able to provide! 👍

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