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Very rare ORIENS ancient barbarous antoninianus Hybrid of Victorinus and Aurelian, minted ca.270-280 AD, hoard coin from France

Very rare ORIENS ancient barbarous antoninianus Hybrid of Victorinus and Aurelian, minted ca.270-280 AD, hoard coin from France

Crude inscriptions, radiate and draped bust of Victornus (or possibly Tetricus) right / Crude inscription, Sol advancing left, caprives at his feet. Smooth brown patina, much nicer than the scan, 12mm, 0.73 grams, nicer than the scan.

Very rare reverse type for barbarous imitations. The obverse is imitating Victorinus, but the reverse imitates antoniniani of Aurelian. Very rare!

Found in a hoard in Northern France. Ancient barbarous radiates seem to have been produced between the reigns of Claudius II and ca.274 AD, when Aurelian banned the circulation of these small imitative bronzes throughout the Empire. It is likely that at least some of the barbarous radiates were produced after 274 AD all the way into the early 280's. The value of the barbarous imitations was almost certainly not equal to their official counterparts - they probably saw only local limited circulation, and fulfilled the role of token coinage in times of an acute coin shortage.

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