POSTUMUS, Gallic Empire
Billon Antoninianus. 3.7g, 22.9mm
MINTED: Trier mint, AD 267
REF: RIC 330; Sear 10995; C 365; Cunetio 2440; Mairat 136-7
OBVERSE: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: VBERTAS AVG, Uberitas standing left, holding purse & caduceus.
Good Very Fine. Gray-silver surfaces with some darker areas. Minor flan crack.
Uberitas was an agricultural goddess who represented the fertility and fruitfulness of the land.
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 . Uberitas
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