Ancient barbarous radiate (ca.270-280 AD), sacrificial implements, Roman Britain

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Radiate bust right, C P ESV TETRICVS IAVS / Sacrificial implements, completely corrupt inscriptions. This coin is imitating a bronze antoninianus of Tetricus II (270-273 AD). Green patina, 19mm, 2.5 g, nicer than the scan, a crude type. Found in Britain. SKU Q333-3766

Ancient British barbarous radiates seems to have been produced between the reigns of Victorinus and ca.274 AD (after the Gallo-Roman Empire was reincorporated into the Roman Empire), 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 280s. 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.