Rare type! Barbarous antoninianus, ca.270-280 AD, with a portrait of Tetricus I, inscription of Tetricus II and the reverse of Victorinus, hoard coin from France

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DN... CAES, bearded radiate and draped bust right / PAXA VG, Pax standing, holding branch and scepter, *-V in fields. Light brown patina, beautiful style, nicer than the scan, 16mm, 1.16 grams. Scarce. Found in a hoard in Northern France. SKU T214-w31924

Very unusual coin, showing the bearded portrait of Tetricus I, the obverse inscriptions of Tetricus II and the reverse of Victorinus.

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.