Tacitus

275 - 276 A.D.

After the assassination of Aurelian who had left no heir, the Praetorian Guard took the unusual step of asking the Senate to nominate their next leader. Several months passed without an Augustus and then they chose fellow Senator Tacitus who was advanced in age. He died soon after before making many headlines for himself. However, in his brief tenure he set in motion important events that were to follow for the next couple of years. First, he named his half-brother Florian Praetorian Prefect and next-in-line to Tacitus. He was then sent off to fight barbarian invaders. Secondly, he appointed another relative, Maximinus, to the post of Governor in Syria. Maximinus proved to be wildly unpopular and was murdered. There are two theories on as to what happened next. The first holds that those who murdered Maximinus arranged for Tacitus's own murder for fear of retaliation and the second, more plausible, that he simply died of old age.

Aureus

Unlisted Aureus Obv: IMPCMCLTACITVSAVG, laureate and draped bust right
Rev: PAXAVG, Pax standing left, holding branch and transverse sceptre.


AE Antoninianus

RIC 27 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCLTACITVSAVG; Radiate, draped bust right.
Rev: FIDESMILITVM; Fides standing left holding two ensigns.


RIC 82c, Cohen 8 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMCLTACITVSAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed.
Rev: AEQVITASAVG Exe: XXI(gamma) - Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopia. Lot sold for $8 12/15/01.


RIC 87, Cohen 45 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMCLTACITVSAVG. Radiate, draped bust of Tacitus right.
Rev: FIDESMILITVM. Fides standing left, holding two ensigns.


RIC 89k AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMCLTACITVSAVG - Radiate head right, draped left shoulder.
Rev: LAETITIAFVND - Laetitia standing left, holding wreath and anchor. Lot sold for $22 12/19/01.


RIC 93, Cohen 123 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMCLTACITVSAVG. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: SALVSAVG Exe: XXI(officina). Salus seated left, feeding serpent rising from altar.


RIC 145f, Cohen 60 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMCLTACITVSAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed.
Rev: MARTIPACIF Exe: Q - Mars advancing left, holding olive branch and spear, shield. Lot sold for $9 12/20/01.


RIC 150c, Cohen 72 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMCLTACITVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PAXAVGVSTI - Pax standing left, holding olive branch and transverse scepter .


RIC 151, Cohen 75 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMCLATACITVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: PAXAVGVSTI - Pax standing left, holding olive branch and transverse scepter. Lot sold for $10 12/8/01.


RIC 160, Cohen 126 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMCLTACITVSAVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: SALVSPVBLI; Salus standing right, feeding serpent in arms. Lot sold for $26 11/20/01.


RIC 167 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMCLTACITVSAVG; Radiate, draped bust right.
Rev: SPESPVBLICA; Victory standing right, holding palm frond and crowning emperor with wreath standing left and holding scepter. Lot sold for $37 12/20/01.


RIC 195 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMCLTACITVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PROVIDENTIADEOR - Providentia standing right holding two ensigns; Sol standing opposite.


RIC 208, Cohen 138 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMCLTACITVSAVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: SPESPVBLICA. Victory standing right, holding palm, presenting wreath to Emperor standing left, holding scepter.