ROMAN EMPIRE, Probus, 276-282 AD, antoninianius


ROMAN EMPIRE, Probus, 276-282 AD, antoninianius, no date (280-1 AD), Antioch mint, officina 1, Obverse: radiate bust R, IMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG, Reverse: emperor receiving globe from Jove, CLEMENTIA TEMP, XXI, A, billon, 20mm, 4.4g, SR11960, F

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Probus was yet another general acclaimed by his troops. He was at war against enemies domestic and foreign for the entirety of his reign.

In the Imperial Period Roman coinage became an engine for governmental propaganda. All of the themes of the coins are celebratory of some aspect of govermental authority or achievement.

The Roman Republic was founded in response to tyrannical kings. It functioned for several centuries in a kind of balance of rich and poor people (slaves didn’t count). The general idea was that laws would constrain personal power. During the days of Julius Caesar, et al, powerful people became too powerful, and a new system of slightly constrained autocracy, the Empire, developed. The main catalog we use on this web site for Roman coins is Roman Coins and their Values, by David Sear.