Tetricus I/II mule type - ancient British barbarous radiate (ca.270-280 AD)

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Radiate bearded bust right, crude inscriptions / Imitating PRINCIPI IVVENTITI (a type of Tetricus II). This coin is imitating a bronze antoninianus of TetricusI (270-273 AD). Green-brown patina, 17mm, 2.0 g, nicer than the scan, acrude type. Found in Britain. Ancient British barbarous radiates seemsto have been produced between the reigns of Victorinus and ca.274 AD(after the Gallo-Roman Empire was reincorporated into the RomanEmpire), when Aurelian banned the circulation of these small imitativebronzes throughout the Empire. It is likely that at least some of thebarbarous radiates were produced after 274 AD all the way into theearly 280s. The value of the barbarous imitations was almost certainlynot equal to their official counterparts - they probably saw only locallimited circulation, and fulfilled the role of token coinage in timesof an acute coin shortage.