POSTUMUS, Gallic Empire
AD 260-269

Billon Antoninianus. 4.05g, 23.6mm

MINTED: Trier mint, AD 261
REF: RIC 73; Sear 10958; Cunetio 2385; C 167; AGK 41; Mairat 18
OBVERSE: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed right.
REVERSE: LAETITIA AVG, Galley sailing left with four rowers and a helmsman eight oars into the rudder.


Good Very Fine/Very Fine. 


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 . Galley / LAETITIA

SKU: 3938
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