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
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An BL Tetradrachm struck 274-275 AD in Alexandria
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

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 6.89 g
29 Aug 274 - 28 Aug 275 AD
Curtis 1773, Milne 4457
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An BL Tetradrachm struck 283-284 AD in Alexandria
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 / *

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 7.73 g
29 Aug 283 - 28 Aug 284 AD scarce
Milne 4728, Curtis 1915, Geissen 3175, Dattari 5597, BMC 2461, Emmett 4005
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An BL Tetradrachm struck 284-285 AD in Alexandria
Obverse: laureate, cuirassed bust right; A K M A KA_PINOC CEB

Reverse: Nike right, holding wreath and palm?; ETOVC Γ

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 7.6 g
29 Aug 284 - spring 285 AD
Milne 4738, Curtis 1926, BMC Alexandria 2457, Geissen 3186, SNG Cop 958, Emmett 4010
(4) Carus
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An BL Tetradrachm struck 282-283 AD in Alexandria
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

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 9.1 g
29 Aug 282 - 28 Aug 283 AD
Milne 4670, Curtis 1903, Geissen 3159, BMC Alexandria 2442, SNG Cop 946, Emmett 3999; Kampmann/Ganschow 113.1.
(5) Carus
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An BL Tetradrachm struck 282-283 AD in Alexandria
Obverse: A K MA KAPOC CEB / laureate, draped & cuirassed bust right

Reverse: Dikaiosyne standing left holding scales & cornucopiae, LA

Diameter: 20 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 7.29 g
Potin Tetradrachm
Geissen 3161, Dattari 5565; Sear5 12197. Milne 4660, Emmett 3996
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An BL Tetradrachm struck 269-270 AD in Alexandria
Obverse: laureate and cuirassed bust right, draped shoulder; AYT K KΛA_VΔIOC CEB

Reverse: Nike advancing right, holding wreath and palm; L B

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 9.7 g
29 Aug 269 - 28 Aug 270 AD
Emmett 3890, Geissen 3041, Kampmann/Ganschow 104.29; Dattari 5402, SRCV III -
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An BL Tetradrachm struck 269-270 AD in Alexandria
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

Diameter: 22 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 8.23 g
The obverse inscription translates to "Commander-in-Chief Caesar Claudius Augustus"

The reverse inscription translates to "Year 2" which corresponds to August 269-August 270
Köln 3045, Milne 4254, Emmett 3893
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An BL Tetradrachm struck 270 AD in Alexandria
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

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 11.2 g
29 Aug - 12 Oct 270 AD
Dattari 5413; Milne 4291; Geissen 3047; Curtis 1687; BMC Alexandria p. 303, 2336
(9) Probus
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An BL Tetradrachm struck 277-278 AD in Alexandria
Obverse: Laureate and cuirassed bust right; A K M AVP ΠPO_BOC CEB

Reverse: Eagle facing holding wreath, head left; L / Γ

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 6.1 g
29 Aug 277 - 28 Aug 278 AD
Milne 4566, Geissen 3130, BMC Alexandria 2439, Geissen 3130, BMC Alexandria 2439
(10) Probus
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An BL Tetradrachm struck 278-279 AD in Alexandria
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

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 8.3 g
29 Aug 278 - 28 Aug 279 AD
BMC Alexandria p. 314, 2424
(11) Tacitus
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An BL Tetradrachm struck 275-276 AD in Alexandria
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; AK KΛ TAKITOC CEB

Reverse: eagle right, head left, wreath in beak; ETOVC A

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 7.6 g
25 Sep 275 - 12 Apr 276 AD
Milne 4502, Geissen 3111, Curtis 1835, SNG Cop 908, Dattari 5519, BMC Alexandria 2408