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Object Description
Title/Object Name
Ob: IMP(erator) C(aesar) M(arcus) CL(audius) TACITVS AVG(ustus) | Re: ROMAE AETERNAE [To Eternal Rome]
275 - 276 CE
3rd century
Portfolio / Series Title
Roman Rarities in Gold
Diameter, 0.8268 In, 2.1 Cm
Weight, 0.0092 Pounds, 4.19 Grams
Ob: Tacitus right, laurel diadem, bearded, draped and cuirassed. Re: Roma seated on shield left, right arm outstretched holding Victory with a wreath, left hand holding spear.
Credit Line
Gift of Wilton Jaffee to the University of Colorado Classics Department (2003), Transfer, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder
Marcus Claudius Tacitus, AD 200-276, emperor September 275 to June 276, during the final period of the Crisis of the Third Century; he was the last emperor elected by the Senate, succeeding Aurelian, with the usurper Florian (his half brother) for a few months in between. He was consul in AD 273 and in 276. He claimed descent from the historian Tacitus, but this is disputed. He died of fever during campaign in Cappadocia. He was succeeded by Probus. The obverse appears rather crudely done, while the reverse probably symbolizes his Roman victory over the Goths and Heruli, which gave him the title Gothicus Maximus. The coin is undated, but matches coinage minted at Ticinum. The coin represents typical styles of coinage during the Third Century Crisis. Alan Harway 2011.
Object ID
RIC V, 338, no. 113(2d)



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