VICTORINUS, Gallic Empire
AE Antoninianus. 2.25g, 20mm
MINTED: Treveri (Trier) mint, early-mid AD 270
REF: RIC V 114; Mairat 257-60
OBVERSE: IMP C VICTORINVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: INVICTVS, Sol standing left, raising hand and holding whip; star to left.
Reportedly from a hoard of antoniniani circa AD 270 found in Norfolk, UK.
Good Very Fine/Fine. Some original silvering remaining; hint of porosity. Reverse struck from worn die.
Victorinus was a short-lived ruler of the Romano-Gallic Empire who succeeded another short-lived emperor, Marius. Victorinus spent many months of his reign struggling to regain territory in south-east Gaul that had been lost to an army sent by the Roman emperor, Claudius Gothicus. Upon returning to his base at Cologne after successfully beseiging the city of Autun, Victorinus was murdered by one of his own officers whose wife Victorinus had apparently seduced.
VICTORINUS, Usurper . AD 269-271 . Antoninianus . "INVICTVS" . Found in Norfolk
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