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    Brilliant Mint State Postumus Aureus

    Postumus (Gallo-Roman Emperor, AD 260-269). AV aureus (21mm, 6.41 gm, 6h). NGC (photo-certificate) MS 5/5 - 3/5. Lugdunum, AD 262. IMP C POSTV-MVS P F AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus right, seen from front / MINE-R-FAVTR, Minerva advancing left, palm branch upward in right hand, spear and shield in left. RIC V, Part II, 29. Schulte 41A/42 (O21/R29, this coin). Sondermann -. Elmer 309. Sharply struck and well centered with excellent portrait.

    Ex Jean Elsen, Auction 125 (13 June 2015), lot 408 (realized $281,700).

    During the chaos of an invasion by the Alemanni and Franks, Postumus, serving as a governor of Germania for Gallienus, was declared emperor. His first act after stemming the Germanic attack was to seize Cologne and kill Saloninus, the son of Gallienus. Postumus went on to seize control of Britain, Gaul, Spain, and Germany. Unlike other usurpers of the chaotic age, he made no attempt to march on Rome and was content to reign his secessionist realm as a "Roman Empire of the Gauls." The new state had its own Senate, legions and Praetorian guard. Effective at repelling both barbarian attacks and the attempts by Gallienus to reclaim the lost provinces, was finally killed by his own troops when he forbade them from plundering the city of Mainz. The unusual reverse type of Minervae fautrici shows the goddess in her guise as the partisan or protectress.

    This coin has been issued a photo-certificate by NGC. It may be sent in for encapsulation after the auction at the request of the buyer, free of charge. E-mail SamS@HA.com if you would like to utilize this option.




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    August, 2018
    17th Friday
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