Billon Antoninianus of Tacitus EF

Marcus Claudius Tacitus (A.D. 275 - A.D. 276) apparently claimed descent from Tacitus, the famous Roman historian, reputedly giving out copies of his works. The records from the time are unreliable but what we do know is that after the chaos of Aurelian’s assassination he was eventually elevated by the Senate, from the Senate, temporarily ending the run of soldier emperors. Defeating the plundering ‘barbarian’ tribes in the east of the empire he earned the title ‘Gothicus Maximus’ but died on the return journey. A 6-month reign means his coins are scarce, especially in a high grade! We offer Billon Antoninianus of Tacitus in Extremely Fine condition with various reverses, most also still show traces of silvering. This short-lived emperor will be a gap in many collections so fill it with this high grade coin
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SKU: ATA3011
£89.50
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Trajan has one of the best legacies, ancient or modern, of any Roman emperor! When later emperors were sworn in it was wished they be ‘luckier than Augustus and better than Trajan’. He literally set the bar for what the Romans saw as a good ruler. Today he is one of the ‘Five Good Emperors’. Trajan was born in A.D. 53 at Italica, in Spain, his father had been a consul and governor of Syria. Trajan rose quickly and because he was so popular, importantly with the army, he was adopted in A.D. 97 by the reigning emperor Nerva. Following the death of Nerva the next year, Trajan became emperor. His 19 year reign saw three major conflicts which led to the territory of the Roman Empire being increased to its greatest size. Within the Empire Trajan was a great builder, to name a few projects: the Forum Traiani, Trajan’s Market, an amphitheatre for sea battles and a new harbour at Ostia. He also established a number of Colonies for retired soldiers and in Italy set up a charity to help orphans and poor children called the Alimentia, shown on one of his rare coins. His most famous and lasting monument is perhaps Trajan’s Column which can still be seen in Rome. When he died he was buried beneath it with Hadrian becoming emperor. We have not been able to offer a group of Trajan’s coins for many years, especially his silver Denarius! They are becoming increasingly hard to find, as he is such a popular emperor, but with much searching and persistence we are able to offer them to you here at a Fine grade with various reverses.
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