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Antoniniani or radiates

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An antoninianus was valued as a double denarius but from the outset it only weighed the same as 1 denarii
Introduced by Caracalla in 214 AD as a silver coin (though only just over 50% pure), later emperors
reduced its silver content even more as they struggled to cope with inflation.  By 270 AD, it had been debased to a small bronze coin washed over with a thin plating of silver.  Aurelian (270-275 AD) restored its size and issued antoniniani of billon, an alloy of bronze and silver in the proportion 20:1 also surfaced with a silver wash.  The reforms of Diocletian at the end of the third century saw the end of this coin, though copies were still made by unofficial local mints in the western empire into the fourth century.  Antoniniani can be identified by the radiate crown worn by the Emperor and, on the coins of Empresses, by the crescent behind the base of their neck.

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Silver or base silver Antoniniani

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Gordian III, 238 to 244 AD

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RC 1662   Gordian III (238-244 AD) - silver antoninianus


RC 1662   Gordian III (238-244 AD) - silver antoninianus of 238-9 AD
obverse - IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG

reverse - PROVIDENTIA AVG - Providence standing with globe and staff.
38

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RC 1747   Gordian III (238-244 AD) - silver antoninianus


RC 1747   Gordian III (238-244 AD) - silver antoninianus of 238-9 AD
obverse - IMP  GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG

reverse - IOVI STATORI - Jupiter standing with thunderbolt and sceptre.
42

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Philip I, 244 to 249 AD

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RC 2818   Philip I (244-249 AD) - base silver antoninianus


RC 2818   Philip I (244-249 AD) - base silver antoninianus of 248 AD
obverse - IMP PHILLIPPVS AVG

reverse - SAECVLVM NOVVM - Temple of Roma with statue of Roma
30

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RC 552   Philip I (244-249 AD) - silver antoninianus


RC 552   Philip I (244-249 AD) - silver antoninianus of 247 AD
obverse - IMP M IVL PHILLIPPVS AVG

reverse - AEQUITAS AVG - Equity (fair dealing) standing with scales and cornucopia.
SOLD

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RC 289 Philip I (244-249 AD) - silver antoninianus


RC 289 Philip I (244-249 AD) - silver antoninianus of 248 AD
obverse - IMP PHILLIPPVS AVG
reverse - SAECVLARES AVGG She Wolf feeding Romulus and Remus
65

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Otacilia Severus (wife of Philip I)

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RC 551 - Otacilia Severa - silver antoninianus


RC 551 - Otacilia Severa (wife of Philip I) - silver antoninianus of 245-7AD
obverse - M OTACILIA SEVERA AVG
reverse - CONCORDIA AVGG - Concord (agreement) seated.
SOLD

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Trajan Decius, 249-251 AD

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RC 1638 - Trajan Decius (249-251 AD) - silver antoninianus


RC 1638 Trajan Decius (249-251 AD) - silver antoninianus of 249AD
obverse - IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG
reverse -  ADVENTVS AVG - Trajan Decius on horseback, raising his hand in greeting.
42

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Salonina (wife of Gallienus), died 268 AD

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RC 2610 - Salonina - silver antoninianus


RC 2610 - Salonina (wife of Gallienus - she was murdered in 268 AD)
silver antoninianus of c19 mm
obverse - SALONINA AVG
reverse - VENVS FELIX - Venus seated with sceptre, child at her feet
50

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Base silver or Billon Antoniniani

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Postumus, 259 to 268 AD

RC 2819 - Postumus (259-268 AD) - base silver or billon antoninianus


RC 2819 - Postumus (259-268 AD) - base silver or billon antoninianus
(Cologne mint, 265-8 AD)
obverse - IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG
reverse - FORTVNA AVG - Fortune standing with rudder and cornucopia

25

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 Bronze or Billon antoniniani.

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RC 2916 - Quintillus, 270 AD - bronze antoninianus


RC 2916 - Quintillus, 270 AD - bronze antoninianus
obverse - IMP C M AVR QVINTILLVS AVG
reverse - LAETITIA AVG - Laetitia standing with wreath and anchor
XII (in field - officina mark)
(from an old collection)
(rare) - SOLD

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RC 3127 - Aurelian, 270-275 AD - bronze antoninianus


RC 3127 - Aurelian, 270-275 AD - bronze antoninianus
obverse - IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG
reverse - RESTITVT ORBIS - Aurelian receiving laurel wreath from goddess.
(from an old collection)
25
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Probus, 275-282 AD

RC 1664 - Probus (275-282) - billon antoninianus


RC 1664 - Probus (275-282) - billon antoninianus - c 276 AD
obverse - IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG
reverse - FIDES MILITVM - Fides between two military standards.
28

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RC 1663 - Probus (275-282) - billon antoninianus


RC 1663 - Probus (275-282) - billon antoninianus - c 276 AD
obverse -  PROBVS PF AVG
reverse - MARTI PACIF - Mars with spear and shield holding Nike.
35

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RC 2978 - Probus (275-282) - billon antoninianus


RC 2978 - Probus (275-282) - billon antoninianus (much silvering remaining) - Rome mint 276 AD
obverse - IMP PROBVS AVG
reverse - IOVI CONS PROB AVG - Jupiter holding thunderbolt and sceptre.
SOLD

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RC 2979 - Probus (275-282) - billon antoninianus


RC 2979 - Probus (275-282) - billon antoninianus (much silvering remaining) - Rome mint 276 AD
obverse - IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG
reverse - CLEMENTIA TEMP - Probus receiving Victory from Jupiter.
XXI in exergue, S in field
SOLD

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RC 2980 - Probus (275-282) - billon antoninianus


RC 2980- Probus (275-282) - billon antoninianus of 280 AD
obverse - IMP C M AVR PROBVS PF AVG
reverse - SOLI INVICTO - Sol (sun god) in four horse chariot
C M XXI P in exergue.
SOLD

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Carinus (Caesar), 283 to 285 AD

RC 2793 - Carinus - bronze antoninianus


RC 2793 - Carinus as Caesar under Carus (283-285 AD)
bronze antoninianus of 22 mm
obverse - M AVR CARINVS NOB C
reverse - PRINCIP IVVENTVS - Carinus holding globe and sceptre
45 -
scarce

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Carausius (usurper in Britain and Gaul), 287-293 AD

RC2939 - Carausius (287-293) - base silver or billon antoninianus


RC2939 - Carausius (287-293) - base silver or billon antoninianus
obverse - IMP CARAVSIVS AVG
reverse - PAX AVG - Pax (peace) standing with staff
ML - London mint
Commander of the Channel Fleet (Classis Britannicus), Carausius' bid for power
left Britain open to barbarian attack as he withdrew the legions for his challenge.
95

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