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Probus. 276-282 A.D. c 277
Billion Aurelianianus
Marcus Aurelius Probus Augustus; was born August 19, 232 in Sirmium (modern day Sremska Mitrovica), and was assasinated in the same city September/October 282. He was the 47th Roman Emperor from 276 to 282. Probus was appointed as a military tribune by the emperor Valerian and later distinguished himself under the emperors Aurelian and Tacitus. Tacitus appointed Probus governor of the East. When Tacitus died in 276 prompted Probus' soldiers proclaimed him emperor. Florianus, the half-brother of Tacitus, was also proclaimed successor by his soldiers, but he was killed during the power struggle. Probus never allowed the soldiers to be idle and employed them in time of peace on useful civic works in order to restart the economy in these devastated territories. Probus began the strategy of settling the Germanic tribes in the devastated provinces of the empire. Probus ordered the reconstruction of bridges and canals along the Nile for develop the production of grain. In 280–281, Probus suppressed the usurpers, Julius Saturninus, Proculus and Bonosus only to be assassinated by Carus in Sirmium. Carus was then proclaimed emperor. Obverse radiate, draped and cuirassed Probus IMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG. Reverse Sol facing his head left, extending arm and holding whip driving a spread quadriga S-O-LI IN-VICTO KAB
Mint: Serdica, modern Sofia Bulgaria
Provenance: Private acquisition

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