Ancient barbarous antoninianus of Tetricus I (ca.270-280 AD), Mars walking right with shield and spear, hoard coin from France

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PIA ISV TETRICVS GVA (going from left to right, but completely retrograde), radiate and draped bust right / VIRTVS AVG, Virtus walking right, holding spear and shield. 20mm, 2.8 grams, nicer than the scan.Excellent quality for these - neat crude type. Found in a hoard inNorthern France.Rare type!Ancientbarbarous radiates seem to have been produced between the reigns ofClaudius II and ca.274 AD, when Aurelian banned the circulation ofthese small imitative bronzes throughout the Empire. It is likely thatat least some of the barbarous radiates were produced after 274 AD allthe way into the early 280's. The value of the barbarous imitations wasalmost certainly not equal to their official counterparts - theyprobably saw only local limited circulation, and fulfilled the role oftoken coinage in times of an acute coin shortage.