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Tacitus

M. Claudius Tacitus
Augustus (AD 275/276)  |  De Imperatoribus Romanis entry

Tacitus was believed to have been an elderly senator and a descendant of the historian Tacitus. Both claims are probably fictitious - Syme thought it more likely that Tacitus was another Illyrian general in the mould of Aurelian and Probus. Tacitus became emperor after the regretful murder of Aurelian. He won a battle against German invaders before he was murdered in a conspiracy. He was succeeded by his half brother Florian


Obverse Legends on coins depicting Tacitus

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Coins of Tacitus currently available

Tacitus, Alexandria
Bronze tetradrachm issued AD 275/276.
Obv: A K KΛ TAKITOC CEB, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust facing right.
Rev: ETOYC A, Eagle standing r, wreath in beak.
Very Fine   |   AUD $50.00
Tacitus, Egypt
Billon tetradrachm issued c. AD 276.
Obv: A K KΛ TAKITOC CEB, Laureate draped bust right.
Rev: ETOVC A, Eagle right holding olive branch.
Good Fine   |   AUD $60.00
Tacitus, Egypt
Billon tetradrachm issued c. AD 276.
Obv: A K KΛ TAKITOC CEB, Laureate draped bust right.
Rev: ETOVC A, Diakaisosyne standing left holding cornucopiae and scales.
Good Fine   |   AUD $65.00