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Probus, 276-282. Aureus, 281, Lugdunum. Obv. IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG. Bust cuirassed right seen from front, wearing laureate helmet with long crest. Rev. VICTORIA PROBI AVG Victory holding wreath and palm, stepping right to crown trophy, at base of which sit two captives with their hands tied behind their backs. RIC -; Calicó -; Cohen -; Bastien 303 (this coin); Biaggi -. Gold. 6.60 g. Certainly unique.
Nice UNC

Ex. Adolph Hess AG & Bank Leu AG auction 45, 12 may 1970, lot 628; Bank Leu AG aution 87, 6 may 2003, lot 91.

he mint in Lyon, the capital of the Gauls, was reopened at the end of the summer 274 by Aurelian, and would produce during the last quarter of the 3rd century some remarkable coins, both in bronze and gold. This high quality is explained by the public will to return to the West a stable currency, recognized and accepted by all. It was also a way to let the consumers replace the old coins struck during the empire of the Gauls, coins that continued to be saved for their strong metal and artistic value. This search for quality comes through the recruitment of top quality engravers, regardless of their origins (including the defeated Gauls). This will contribute to the creation of a true “School of Lyons”. During the reign of Probus, the variety of obverse busts engraved, coupled with the elegant reverse compositions, mark this as a peak period in the art of late Roman empire coins. These two magnificent aurei are perfect illustrations.

L’atelier monétaire de Lyon, la capitale des Gaules, rouvert à la fin de l’été 274 par Aurélien, produira durant le dernier quart du IIIe siècle de remarquables monnaies, tant en bronze qu’en or. Cette excellence s’explique par la volonté publique de redonner à l’Occident une monnaie stable, reconnue et acceptée par tous. Il s’agit aussi d’amener les usagers à se débarrasser des anciennes monnaies frappées pendant l’empire des Gaules, monnaies que l’on continuait à thésauriser pour leur forte valeur métallique et artistique. Cette recherche de qualité passe par le recrutement de graveurs hors pair, quelle que soit leur origine (y compris les Gaules vaincues). Ceux-ci contribueront à la création d’une véritable « école lyonnaise ». Durant le règne de Probus, la variété des bustes gravés, associée à l’élégante composition des revers, en fait une période d’apogée de l’art monétaire du Bas-Empire romain. Ces deux magnifiques aurei en sont une parfaite illustration.
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