POSTUMUS Gallic Usurper

Reigned: 260-268 A.D.

MARCVS CASSIANIVS LATINIVS POSTVMVS was born to an obscure family in Gaul. In 260 he was a general serving along the Rhine. When Gallienus left to quell a revolt in Pannonia, Postumus revolted himself, and slew Gallienus' son, Saloninus. He put together all the western provinces (Gaul, Germany, Spain, and Britain) in a so-called 'Gallic Empire' which lasted for 13 years. Postumus ruled wisely and energetically, containing all barbarian incursions. He was finally killed at Moguntiacum (Mainz) in 268 after he refused to allow his troops to sack the city, which had supported the usurper Laelianus.(From MONETA, from

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Billon Antoninianus (21mm, 3.63g) Struck A.D. 260-8 Lugdunum

Obv: IMP POSTVMVS P F AVG Radiate draped and cuirassed bust right.

Rev: HERC DEVSONIENSI Hercules standing right, leaning on club, holding lion skin and bow

RIC V ii 20 C. 90


Billon Antoninianus (19mm 3.02g) Struck 267 A.D Gallic mint probably located at Trier

Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG Radiate draped bust right

Rev: COS IIII Victory standing right, holding wreath and palm

RIC V ii 287a      From the Nogent-Sur-Seine (France) hoard of Ants deposited in the early 270's and recovered in 2002.

RIC V ii 311

Billion Antoninianus (21mm, 3.58g) Struck A.D. somewhere between A.D. 260-268, Cologne

Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG Radiate draped bust right

Rev: IOVI VICTORI Jupiter, nude, standing facing, head right, scepter in left hand over shoulder, hurling thunderbolt with right

RIC V ii 311



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