Roman Probus Ae Antoninianus Pendant with Silver Frame


A Roman Probus Ae antoninianus pendant featuring an antoninianus coin set in a modern silver frame, with a loop attached at the top for suspension. The front of the pendant features the coin’s obverse, which depicts the radiate and mantled head of Probus facing left, holding an eagle-tipped sceptre in his hand. The original Latin legend reading IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG is still visible around the edges of the coin. The reverse displays a standing image of the god Mars facing left, holding a spear in his left hand and resting the other hand upon a shield on the ground. The image is surrounded by the inscription VIRTVS AVGVSTI. The letters RB are written at the base of the coin indicating the mintmark.

Please note the chain is for reference only, we do have chains available upon enquiry.

Date: AD 276-282
Condition: Very fine condition. Slight Patination to the surface.

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The ancient Romans developed a coin making technique which is still used today, known as minting. The blacksmiths would either use cold or hot sheets of metal to create the coin and then heavy bronze or iron stamps to impress the details of the coin onto the metal body. It was thought to be a two or three person job. The images typically shown on the coin would be the profile of the emperor or someone from his family, or a notable leader. The profile image of their head would also be surrounded with letters usually detailing the name of the person on the coin and the date that the coin was made. On the obverse side the scene shown was typically showing a significant battle or religious scene.

This particular coin depicts the profile of Probus, deciphered from the legend on the obverse. He was a Roman emperor who ruled from AD 276 to 282. Probus spent most of his reign trying to consolidate the empire, generally by solidifying the borders which were increasingly attacked by external tribes. In AD 280 he also had to deal with internal insurrections. In AD 282, his rival Carus raised support and made a bid for power. Probus sent troops back to crush the movement, but these troops defected to the usurper and the remaining troops changed sides and assassinated Probus.

Weight 6.15 g
Dimensions L 3 x W 2.7 cm




Roman Mythology

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