RRRRR! Ancient barbarous antoninianus with jugate busts of Tetricus I and Tetricus II (issued ca.270-280 AD), hoard coin from France

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Corrupt inscriptions, jugate radiate and draped busts right / Corrupt inscriptions, uncertain deity (Pax or Felicitas) standing. 15mm, 0.50 grams, nicer than the scan.

This is an extremely rare type, showing the jugate busts of Tetricus I and Tetricus II on obverse. This type imitates the very rare RIC 212 issue showing the jugate busts of the Tetricii. Barbarous coins of this type were never published, and it is the first coin of this type I've encountered. The smaller picture has the small bust marked in green and the large one in blue.

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 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.