Ancient barbarous antoninianus of Tetricus II (ca.270-280 AD) - rare type with obverse inscription on both sides, Roman Gaul

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CPIVES TET.... , radiate and draped bust right / Same inscriptions as on obverse - C PIV IE..., winged Victory left, holding wrath. 19mm, 2.97 grams, nicer than the scan. Excellent quality for these. Found in a hoard in Northern France.

Rare with the obverse inscription placed on both sides.

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.