AE Antoninianus

Obv: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, Probus, his radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, holding shield and spear.

Struck: 277 A.D. in Serdica

Diameter: 22x24mm Weight 4.1g Die Axis: 180deg

Rev: SOLI INVICTO, Sol in spread quadriga, right hand raised, holding globe and whip in left; KA[dot]Gamma in exergue.

RIC 862, Sear 12040 var.


Glenn Simonelli Collection

This coin was covered in a very thick encrustation. I was immediately struck by its beauty as it came out of electrolysis. I think it shows that artificial repatination after electrolysis is unnecessary. Also, I like the reverse. It is trying to depict Sol passing directly overhead in his fiery quadriga, but because the Romans had not understood perspective the horses are set off to the side. 

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