POSTUMUS, Gallic Empire
AD 260-269

Billon Antoninianus. 3.09g, 22mm

MINTED: Trier mint, AD 260-261
REF: RIC V 89; Mairat 6-10
OBVERSE: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: VICTORIA AVG, Victory advancing left, holding palm in left hand and wreath in right hand; captive at feet.


Notes:

Distinctive early portrait, with a leaner, taller head. 

 

Provenance:
Ex E.E. Clain-Stefanelli Collection
Elvira Eliza Clain-Stefanelli (1914-2001) was born in Romania, and during World War II, she and her husband Vladimir were sent by the Gestapo to Buchenwald concentration camp. They survived their 3-year imprisonment and when the war was over, moved to Italy, where they worked in the numismatic trade. In 1951, they moved to the United States, where their knowledge and passion for numismatics led to them becoming curators of National Numismatics Collection at the Smithsonian. Together, they were also authors of numerous important reference works and curated an excellent personal collection of coins.

 

Historical Notes:

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 . Billon Antoninianus .*Ex Clain-Stefanelli*

SKU: 4055
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