Origin: This is a so-called "barbarous radiate" coin produced by various Germanic tribes who lived in Gaul (modern France) in the 3rd century CE. They were meant to copy existing Roman designs, but earned the name "barbarous" due to their typically crude details. For example, the people copying the designs usually did not speak Latin, and as a result the Latin legends on the imitation coins are often nonsensical.
Specifically, barbarous radiates usually copy the designs of antoninianus coins from three Gallic emperors of the time: Tetricus I, Tetricus II, and Postumus. They feature so-called radiate busts of these emperors, named for the sun-like crown atop their heats. Barbarous radiates are typically much smaller than officially issued antoninianus coins, and would have been easy to tell apart—therefore, it's suspected that these were not meant to pass as official Roman currency but rather to boost the economy during a coin shortage.
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An official Roman antoninianus of Tetricus II, which many of these barbarous radiates attempted to copy. (image source)
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