Emperor Probus, Reign 276-282 AD Rome Mint

December 5, 2014

This coin was minted in Rome in 279 AD. The eclipse of 279 AD was not seen in Rome but in the Germanic lands north of the Danube river. Note Probus is wearing a radiate sun crown on the obverse. Sol is on the reverse riding a quadriga in triumph over a solar eclipse symbol. The eclpise having not been seen in Rome is obviously celebrated on this coin. Probus is obviously claiming some credit for this. At this point in the empire more frequent attacks by Germanic armies were common and Rome was spending considerable energy defending itself. Photo CNG Coins

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