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235-253 CE Silver Roman Age of Chaos 6 pc Set
Six Coin Silver Age of Chaos Roman Empire Set
This six-coin set of silver coins dates from 235-253 CE and tells the story of 'The Age of Chaos.' Each coin is encased in a round capsule and beautifully displayed in a mahogany-like box. The box set is accompanied with a story card, certificate of authenticity, and a black outer box. This collection features coins from six of the emperors in the tumultuous Age of Chaos. The instability at the top had a dismal impact on the economy, a downward spiral of hyperinflation and currency devaluation that was reflected in the coinage. The silver fineness was debased further with each succeeding emperor. The six Emperors in the set are: Maximinus I, Gordian III, Philip I, Philip II, Trajan Decius and Trebonianus Gallus.
The Crisis began in 235 CE, when the Emperor Alexander Severus was set upon by his own troops, who replaced him with Maximinus I—Max Thrax, as he is sometimes known. By the time Gordian III assumed the throne in 238, at the ripe old age of 13, there had already been five rulers after Alexander Severus. The youthful, good-natured Gordian managed to survive for six years, among the longest reigns of any emperor during the Crisis, before being killed. His successor Philip I attempted to solidify his position by naming his son Philip II as co-Caesar, but their reign lasted just five years. Trajan Decius, who defeated the two Philips in 249, was dead two years later. Trebonianus Gallus attempted to restore peace to the Empire, ending the wars with the Goths, but he too was killed by his own men after just two years on the throne.
Each coin bears the denomination of antoninianus, with the exception of Maximinus I which bears the denomination of denarius. An antoninianus was valued as a double denarius but only weighed the same as 1½ denarii. Each coin is encased in a round capsule and beautifully displayed in a mahogany-like box. The box set is accompanied with a story card, certificate of authenticity, and a black outer box measuring 7.25" x 5.5" x 1.25".
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