Ancient barbarous antoninianus of Victorinus (ca.268-280 AD), VIRTVS type, hoard coin from France

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Crude inscriptions: IMP C VICTORINVS PF AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right / Crude insriptions: VIRTVS AVG, Mars standing RIGHT, holding shield and spear. Dark green patina, 21 mm, 3.3 grams, nicer than the scan. Excellent quality for these. Found in Britain.Very large coin, slightly larger than most official issues. Covered in shiny dark green patina, much nicer than the scan.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.