POSTUMUS, Gallic Empire
Billon Antoninianus. 4.13g, 22.8mm
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.
Distinctive early portrait, with a leaner, taller head.
Minor flan crack and some light surface roughness.
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 . Victory and Captive
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