An extremely rare denarius of Tranquillina
Lot 1388
Tranquillina, Augusta, 241-244. Denarius (Silver, 23 mm, 3.31 g, 1 h), Rome, 241. SABINIA TRANQVILLINA AVG Diademed and draped bust of Tranquillina to right. Rev. CONCORDIA AVGG Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera in her right hand and double cornucopiae in her left. Cohen -. Hunter 1. Michaux 790. RIC 252. Extremely rare. Struck on a very broad flan and with a charming portrait. Very minor roughness, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.


From the collection of Dipl.-Ing. Adrian Lang, ex Gemini II, 11 January 2006, 506.

Considering the abundance of her husband's imperial silver coinage, as well as her own substantial Roman Provincial coinage, the rarity of Tranquillina's antoniniani and denarii is remarkable. Unfortunately, we do not know why she did not feature more prominently on the imperial coinage, but in a period where empresses were an integral part of the self-representation of the imperial domus, the administration must have had a good reason not to overemphasize Tranquillina's role.
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