POSTUMUS, Gallic Empire Usurper
Billon Antoninianus. 3.69g, 19.7mm
MINTED: Trier mint, AD 266-267
REF: RIC 83; Sear 10983; AGK 77; Mairat 143-147
OBVERSE: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate and draped bust right.
REVERSE: SAECVLI FELICTAS, Postumus standing right with spear and globe.
Almost Extremely Fine. Lovely medium-dark toning.
Postumus was one of the most successful of the 3rd century usurpers, establishing the break-away Gallic Empire. He was the imperial legate of Lower Germany under Emperor Valerian, and when the latter was defeated and captured by the Persians, Postumus's troops proclaimed him Augustus against Valerian's son and co-ruler, Gallienus. Gallienus's repeated attempts to crush Postumus's revolt never succeeded, and from 260 to 269, Postumus ruled over Gaul, Germany, Raetia, Britannia and Hispania. Interestingly, the coins he struck were often of higher quality and better style than those of Gallienus.
POSTUMUS, Usurper . AD 260-269 . Antoninianus . "SAECVLI FELICTAS"
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