Ancient barbarous antoninianus of Tetricus I (ca.270-280 AD), VIRTVS type with TERICVS, hoard coin from France

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Crude ...TERICVS F AVG, radiate and draped bust right / Crudeunreadable inscriptions, Virtus standing, holding spear and shield. 20mm, 2.1 grams, nicer than the scan.Excellent quality for these - neat crude type. Found in a hoard inNorthern France.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.