Barbarous antoninianus of Tetricus, ca.270-280 AD, rare PAX variety, hoard coin from France

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Crude IMP TETRICVS AuG, bearded radiate and draped bust right / PAX AVG (rading outward from the right lower corner, Pax standing right (!), holding branch and transverse scepter. Light brown patina, beautiful style, nicer than the scan, 18.5mm, 3.2 grams. SKU T75-v5761

Scarce.

Found in a hoard in Northern France.Rare type with this reverse variety, particularly with Pax standing right with a transverse scepter.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.