Coins from Recovery Period
When Aurelian became emperor in 270 AD, the Roman Empire was but a shadow of its former glory. Barbarian invasions were rampant, and both the eastern and western parts of the Empire had declared independence.

But in 273 AD, Aurelian first defeated the Palmyrene Empire in the East - and the following year the Gallic Empire in the west. He also defeated the Goths, the Allemanni, the Vandals, the Juthungi, the Sarmatians, and the Carpi.

His efforts were the culmination of a herculean effort begun by Claudius II Gothicus only a few years before, which constituted a recovery period following the total economic and military collapse during the first half of the 3rd Century.

This category covers coins from the reign of Claudius II Gothicus and until the Tetrarchy in 293 AD.

Recovery Period

(1) Aurelian 274-275 AD
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; A K Λ ΔOM AVΡHΛIANOC CEB
Reverse: eagle standing left head turned back, wreath in beak; ETOVS / S
Ref: Curtis 1773, Milne 4457
(2) Carinus 283-284 AD
Obverse: laureate cuirassed bust right; A K M A KA_PINOC CEB
Reverse: eagle standing between two standards, head right, holding wreath in beak; L B / *
Ref: Milne 4728, Curtis 1915, Geissen 31...
(3) Carinus 284-285 AD
Obverse: laureate, cuirassed bust right; A K M A KA_PINOC CEB
Reverse: Nike right, holding wreath and palm?; ETOVC Γ
Ref: Milne 4738, Curtis 1926, BMC Alexan...
(4) Carus 282-283 AD
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; A K M A KA_POC CEB
Reverse: eagle standing right, wreath in beak, palm over shoulder; L_A
Ref: Milne 4670, Curtis 1903, Geissen 31...
(5) Claudius II 269-270 AD
Obverse: laureate and cuirassed bust right, draped shoulder; AYT K KΛA_VΔIOC CEB
Reverse: Nike advancing right, holding wreath and palm; L B
Ref: Emmett 3890, Geissen 3041, Kampmann...
(6) Claudius II 269-270 AD
Obverse: AVT K KΛAVΔIOC CEB, Bust of Claudius facing right, wearing laurel wreath, cuirass, and drapery
Reverse: Poseidon standing facing left, right foot on a dolphin, unknown object (variously described as grain ear, sword, ship's ram, aphlaston) in right hand, trident in left; LB in fields
Ref: Köln 3045, Milne 4254, Emmett 3893
(7) Claudius II 270 AD
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; AVT K KΛAV_ΔIOC CEB
Reverse: eagle standing right, wreath in beak, palm under wing; L_Γ
Ref: Dattari 5413; Milne 4291; Geissen 3...
(8) Probus 277-278 AD
Obverse: Laureate and cuirassed bust right; A K M AVP ΠPO_BOC CEB
Reverse: Eagle facing holding wreath, head left; L / Γ
Ref: Milne 4566, Geissen 3130, BMC Alexa...
(9) Probus 278-279 AD
Obverse: Laureate and cuirassed bust right; A K M AVP ΠPOBOC CEB
Reverse: Tyche facing, head left, modius on head, holding rudder and cornucopia; L Δ
Ref: BMC Alexandria p. 314, 2424
(10) Tacitus 275-276 AD
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; AK KΛ TAKITOC CEB
Reverse: eagle right, head left, wreath in beak; ETOVC A
Ref: Milne 4502, Geissen 3111, Curtis 18...