Popular ruler, succesful soldier

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Today we introduce you a Tacitus aureus of the highest rarity, that it will be auction in our Floor Auction 50, that will be hold on February 05th, 2020 in Gran Meliá Fénix Hotel in Madrid. We are facing the best specimen known, with original luster, sharply struck and a magnificent portrait.

Lot 258. Tacitus. Aureus. 275-276 d.C. Serdica. (Mal atribuida a Ticinum). (Spink-11759 variante). (Ric-118 variante). (Cal-4114 variante). Anv.: IMP C M CL TACITVS P AVG. Busto laureado, drapeado y acorazado a derecha. Rev.: SECVRIT PVBLIC. Securitas en pie de frente, cabeza a izquierda y piernas cruzadas, sosteniendo el cetro largo en su mano derecha y apoyándose con la izquierda en la columna. Au. 4,85 g. Ex Leu Numismatik Auction 4, lote 726.Tacitus. Aureus. Of the highest rarity, the best of only three examples known and one of only two still in existence, as the Cohen piece was melted down after the robbery of 1831. A wonderful coin, lustrous, sharp, and with a very attractive portrait. Almost UNC. Est...18000,00.


Observing an aureus in such excellent condition is a luxury, which we seldom come across. Besides, in this case, we are talking about a rare and scarce piece, which adds a plus of satisfaction in the observation of this coin.

As Tacitus was proclaimed emperor, he was already 75 years old, which was not usual at that time. His reign harly lasted six months. Even so, he was remembered and later he was acknoledged as a “good senatorial ruler”, who worried about the people. This can be seen in the coins minted during his reign, whose reverses show allusions to the well-being of the citizens, such as: Felicitas temporum, Pax perpetua, Pax publica, Salus publica or, like in the piece we are offering, Securitas publica; happiness, peace, health, safety. In short, wishes of well-being…

His interest in the common good did not prevent him from dedicating himself to the war issues. He had to take care of the raids of the Goths and achieved a victory in the battle against the Alans near Palus Maeotis (delta of the Don River at its mouth).

For all these reasons, we can state that Tacitus, despite his short mandate, was a very complete emperor, who knew how to be endeared by his people and his army, as acknowledged afterwards.

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