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Roman Empire

Ruler: Florianus
Reigned: Augustus 276 AD
Denomination: Billon Double Aurelianus
Mint: Rome
Date of Issue: 276 AD
Obverse: Bust right, radiate, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum. "IMP. C. FLORIANVS AVG."
Reverse: Aequitas standing. Left, holding scales in right hand and cornucopiae in left hand. "AEQVITAS AVG.
Reference: RIC V.1 25 var., Numismatic Chronicle 2007, pp.165-169, New RIC temp. no. #4223
Mint marks:
Weight: 5.4 gms
Diameter: 23.8 mm
Comment: This coin is the same as RIC 25, except for one crucial detail. That is that the legend in the exergue is "XI" rather than "XXI". The coin is also exceptionally heavy for an Antoninianus. It was tentatively identified as a Double Antoninianus (Radiate), which would make it the only known example of this denomination for Florian. See Tacitus XI and Tacitus IA for examples of this denomination for Tacitus.

This coin and the background to it is described in "A Double Radiate of Florian" in The Numismatic Chronicle 2007, pp.165-169.

FLORIANUS (Marcus Annius Florianus)

"Florianus, who had succeeded Tacitus, was in power for two months and twenty days and did nothing worth remembering." - Eutropius Breviarium IX. 16

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