Tacitus (AD 275 - AD 276)

He was born in Interamna, in Italia; but modern historiography rejects the claimed descendance of Tacitus from historian Gaius Cornelius Tacitus as forgery. In the course of his long life he discharged the duties of various civil offices, including that of consul in AD 273, with universal respect. Six months after the assassination of Aurelian, he was chosen by the Senate to succeed him, and the choice was cordially ratified by the army. His first action was to move against the barbarian tribes that had been gathered by Aurelian for his Eastern campaign, and which had plundered the Eastern Roman provinces after Aurelian’s murder and cancellation of the campaign. His half-brother, the Praetorian Prefect Florianus, and Tacitus himself won a victory against these tribes, which granted the emperor the title Gothicus Maximus. Tacitus either died of fever (according to Aurelius Victor or Eutropius) or was assassinated (according to Zosimus) at Tyana in Cappadocia in June AD 276.

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Tacitus 'Emperor and Jupiter' Antoninianus 025859

Tacitus 'Emperor and Jupiter' Antoninianus
Bronze, 3.90 grams, 21.98 mm. Antioch. 275-276 AD. Obverse: IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: CLEMENTIA TEMP, Tacitus standing right, holding eagle-tipped sceptre, receiving globe from Jupiter, standing left, holding sceptre. Officina letter Epsilon in lower centre, mintmark XXI. RIC V-1, 210; Sear5 11771. Extremely fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
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Tacitus 'Emperor and Jupiter' Antoninianus 025859
Tacitus 'Emperor and Jupiter' Antoninianus 025850

Tacitus 'Emperor and Jupiter' Antoninianus
Bronze, 3.68 grams, 22.38 mm. Antioch. 275-276 AD. Obverse: IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: CLEMENTIA TEMP, Tacitus standing right, holding eagle-tipped sceptre, receiving globe from Jupiter, standing left, holding sceptre. Officina letter H in lower centre, mintmark XXI. RIC V-1, 210; Sear5 11771. Extremely fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com

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Tacitus 'Emperor and Jupiter' Antoninianus 025850
Tacitus 'Felicitas' Antoninianus 009152

Tacitus 'Felicitas' Antoninianus
Bronze, 3.69 grams; 21.35 mm. Circa 275 - 276 A.D. Obverse: IMP CL TACITVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: TEMPORVM FELICITAS, Felicitas standing left, holding long caduceus and cornucopiae. A-A in field. RIC 65; CBN 1487, 1521; C 144; Hunter 28; RCV 11817. Good fine-very fine.

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