Crude inscriptions, radiate and draped bust right / Crude inscriptions, Salus (?) standing right, feeding snake. 15mm, 1.40 grams, nicer than the scan. Excellent quality for these - neat crude type. Found in a hoard in Northern France.
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 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 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.