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Ancient Rome Probus Antoninianus (CLEMENTIA, XXI)  276AD to 282AD
Ancient Rome Probus Antoninianus (CLEMENTIA, XXI) 276AD to 282AD

Your description is difficult to interpret, Louna, but your coin is probably one like this. It is a bronze antoninianus from the reign of Roman emperor Probus (276 to 282AD). The antoninianus denomination suffered (like all coins during national deterioration) from devaluation, and the XXI annotation on the reverse is thought to indicate a 20 (XX) to 1 (I) ratio of bronze to silver in the coin. Initially the coin was made of pure silver with a value of 2 denarii, but, by the time of Probus, had debased to only 5 percent silver.

The image on the back is likely to be the Roman god Jupiter handing the globe to Probus, but there are several other interpretations and several other patterns as well.

As to value, these coins are surprisingly common. Avid collectors of such coins usually pay in accordance with these rough catalog values:

worn: $25 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $50
well preserved: $120

As with all ancient coins, each specimen stands on its own merits. If you have a nice-looking coin, check it out with a knowledgeable collector or professional coin dealer.

Coin: 16326 , Genre: Ancient
Requested by: LOUNA, Tue, 14-Jan-2014 13:41:31 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 14-Jan-2014 15:46:10 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Mon, 04-Jan-2016 02:47:54 GMT
Requester description: CLEWIENTIA EIUID XXI H IIUIDC WUIN H OWC8US ON THE BACK A MAAL WITH CROWN OR SOMETHING ON HIS HEAD FRONTLEFT MAN HOLDING HI SHAND OUT, RIHT A MAN HOLDING A ROUND OPSTICAL WITH LONG SWORD OR SOMETHING IN HIS OTHER HAND, BOTH STANDING ON A LINE, IN THE MIDDEL ABOVE LINE IS LETTER H AND UNDER THE LINE IN MIDDEL IS XXI NONE
Tags: ancient rome probus antoninianus clementia xxi anciet romana roman romen roma clewientia eiuid iiuidc wuin 8 maal crown head man hi round sword hand standing stand line letter crowned tiara crwon crpwn crowns tiarra crowning tiera boy male mann boys mans sworeds swordlike swords broadsword leters letters lettering lettered scepter globe jupiter people two earth ball spear person peuple peoples peple persons

  

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