IMPERIAL PROBUS BRONZE ANTONINIANUS COIN PENDANT
IN 14K YELLOW GOLD
276 - 282 A.D.
perfectly preserved and struck bronze Roman coin of the Roman emperor
Probus is set in a simple 14K yellow gold high polish
pendant setting. The detail and
superb rich patina on the bronze coin highlights the crispness and excellent detail of
the ancient Roman art. This is a rare issue coin with the emperor
facing to the left versus the much more typical right side facing
profiles of Roman ancient coinage. The detail and high relief on
this coin MUST be seen in person. The condition is nearly in an
uncirculated state of preservation! Far nicer than even appearing
in the photo above. The dark tone of the bronze coin is handsomely
contrasted with the bright yellow gold frame. A perfect piece for
either a man or woman.
Probus was an emperor
who was very popular with the soldiers. He was an excellent general
and had been a career soldier from his youth, working his way up through
the ranks. He was also loved by the Senate and the people.
After the Army raised him to the purple after the murder of Florianus,
Probus graciously sent a letter to the Senate humbly requesting them to
elect him emperor, even though he already had the imperial power in his
Probus spent much of his
reign successfully fighting Rome's enemies. The list of names of
hostile tribes seems endless, but each was a dangerous threat to the
empire. Some, like the Sarmatians came to make quick raids while
others sought to murder the Roman citizens living in the border lands and
settle in their places. No sooner than he had dealt with one band of
murdering ruffians than reports of burning Roman villas and estates in
another part of the empire reached his ears. But, like his
predecessors Claudius Gothicus and Aurelian before him, Probus did
actually make steady progress at turning back the savage tide. He
taught the hordes of barbarian invaders the meaning of Roman imperial
borders and the consequences of crossing them with an armed host. He
also successfully dealt with three more usurpers who would be
emperor. The governor of Syria, Saturninus, was proclaimed emperor
by his troops evidently against his will. Probus, not seeking
revenge but sincerely concerned about restoring order and good government,
realized that Saturninus was an experienced and loyal minister and
pardoned him. This was not to be with his own troops, however.
No sooner than he had received Probus’ mercy his own troops murdered him
as a traitor to their cause. Two more would be usurpers in Gaul were
Bonosus and Proclus.
By this time, Probus had
dealt with Rome's enemies, both the foreign invader and the domestic
rebel. The roads were free of robbers and a traveler could journey
in peace from one end of the empire to another with some reasonable
assurance that his throat would not be slit and his wealth taken.
In A. D. 281, the Roman people honored him with a festival. One sad event
marred these celebrations. Four thousand gladiators, who had no hope
except for a quick and merciful death in the arena, were to fight each
other in the forthcoming games. With little to lose, they revolted
and killed their keepers. They were quickly hunted down and killed
by the regular troops. This just goes to show that the spectre of
incipient slave revolt had always hung over the head of the Romans from
the earliest times until after the fall of the empire in the East.
With Rome's enemies
vanquished, Probus sought to put the vast Roman legions to useful purpose,
having the soldiers work on various public works projects. In
fact, Probus hoped to see the day when there would be no need for any more
armies. Few of
the soldiers cared for this idea, preferring battle with its prospects of
rich booty in the event of victory to the life of a common construction
laborer in peacetime. Near Sirmium in the modern Serbia, Bosnia,
Herzegovina area some troops were put to converting some marshy ground to
vineyards. He had also been planning an invasion of Persia at the
time, and this idea was not well accepted by many of the soldiers,
either. Venting their displeasure at having to do this kind of work,
the soldiers he was visiting in Sirmium rebelled and murdered Probus right
in the fields. With the death of Probus, the Roman Empire lost one
of the best emperors it was to have during the turbulent Third Century,
and one who was a good example for rulers everywhere.
A wonderful and important artifact from this ancient
empire. The coin is of the finest detail and
patina one EVER could ask for.
diameter is 21 mm.
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