Tacitus: An Emperor and his Aegis


  • Andrei Bontas




Although he ruled briefly during a highly volatile period, Tacitus had a varied mass of billon/base metal coins minted in his name from a variety of mints both in the East and in the West. And the series are sometimes as complex as one would expect from an emperor with a longer reign, rather than an emperor who did not stay in power for a full year.

This short note deals with one particular, peculiar and particularly rare strike, coming in the context of an overly-abundant series minted at Rome from around the beginning to mid 276, represented by the image at Figure 1.


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How to Cite

Bontas, A. (2021). Tacitus: An Emperor and his Aegis. KOINON: The International Journal of Classical Numismatic Studies, 4, 196–202. https://doi.org/10.32028/k.v4i.1116



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