Crude IMP C TETRICVS..., bearded radiate and draped bust right / Crude unreadable inscriptions - Fortuna seated left, holding a rudder and cornucopea (?). Light brown patina, beautiful style, nicer than the scan, 17mm, 2.32 grams. SKU T19-b5
Found in a hoard in Northern France.ALL barbarous radiates with a seated deity on reverse are rare. Fortuna type by itself is rare on barbarous coins. And I could find only a single "seated Fortuna" coin among the thousands of barbarics in our stock or in publications.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.