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Bronze Antoninianus of Emperor Probus - LC.302
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 276 AD to 282 AD

Collection: Roman Coins
Medium: Bronze

Additional Information: 4.4g.
Location: Great Britain
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Obverse: IMP C PROBVS AVG; Radiate and Draped Bust of the Emperor Facing Left

Reverse: SALVS AVG; Salus Standing Right, Feeding a Serpent Held in her Arms; XXI (in exergue)

Probus was one of the more interesting and outstanding of the Roman Emperors. In the tumultuous third century, Probus, like many others, sought his fortune through the military. Unlike others, he rose quickly to become one of the leading generals of the empire. After the death of Florianus, Probus was proclaimed emperor by his troops. His reign was unique not only for its military successes, but also for the economic reforms he initiated, including introducing viticulture into several of the western provinces. Just as remarkable was his good relations with the Roman senate. Had he lived longer, the senate might have regained its former prestige. In the end, Probus' reign was brought to a close by mutinous soldiers who were angry at having been employed on public works instead of military duties. - (LC.302)


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