Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

Initiators, status, degree of tolerance of authorities and other key features of irregular radiates: updated overview

Sep 14, 2022, 11:40 AM
Auditorium Maximum - Hall B

Auditorium Maximum - Hall B


Fabien Pilon (UMR 7041, ArScAn (équipe GAMA) ; association La Riobé )


Radiates minted in huge quantities in Gaul, Germania and Britain in imitation of the antoniniani of the Gallic emperors (mainly) during the last quarter of the 3rd century, occupy a prominent place in the monetary circulation and the numerous hoards of the period. Although there is a broad consensus identifying this coinage as necessity coins, major questions remain unresolved concerning the status (private or public) of the issuing mints and their initiators. This paper will present the conclusions we have reached, based on the areas of production and circulation of radiates, and on the consequences we propose to draw from them in terms of imperial and provincial tolerance. It will also review the main characteristics of this coinage, particularly in the light of recent recently discovered hoards.

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Fabien Pilon (UMR 7041, ArScAn (équipe GAMA) ; association La Riobé )

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