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Tetricus I - Help With Reverse ID Please

 
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 Posted 11/26/2022  02:31 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add ttkoo to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Bronze (or really low-grade silver) 17mm to 15mm 2.32 grams
Obv: legend (IM)P C TETRICVS (PL AVG) Radiate facing right
Rev: a single figure, standing straight ahead, appears (in hand) to be a star in the right field at knee height.
The searching I could do had only 1 possibility and had a reference of ASFN (1883) 88.
I don't know where that leads to. But that possibility has the deity as Pax, but the examples of Pax I have seen don't seem to match the poor image I am stuck with.
I know that sometimes the answer is "unknown", but I thought that I would ask wiser heads than mine for help.

Thanks in advance.
TT



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 Posted 11/26/2022  05:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add erafjel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Tough call. Based solely on the posture and dress of the reverse figure, it could be either:
Spes: http://numismatics.org/ocre/id/ric.....135?lang=en
Virtus: http://numismatics.org/ocre/id/ric.....145?lang=en
Princeps Iuventutis: http://numismatics.org/ocre/id/ric.....114?lang=en

Pax seems less likely than those above.

Tetricus was the worst of the debasers. It is an antoninianus, in principle billon, but with extremely low silver content of 1 % or so.
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@erafjel, your assessment has helped me a lot. I think now, that based on the stance, leg position and dress I would swing towards Virtus.
I had narrowed my search too far based on what I thought was a star in right field. I'm fairly certain looking at the Virtus from the Mannheim Collection that the reverse mark on mine is the remnants of G in AVG.
From my limited understanding of the history, it seems to me that Tetricus was in a tough spot (as was anyone in that era), elevated from soldier to leader. But he was also a survivor and one of the few not to die by the sword (or knife).

It has also occurred to me that if my specimen been a trophy piece in EF condition, then I may have just admired the craftmanship, taken a photo, recorded it into my data files and slotted it into my ancients folder without delving deeper into the true story behind the coin.

Thanks for the help, guidance and history.
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 Posted 11/26/2022  4:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kushanshah to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Based on the short tunic, Virtus is a good guess.
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