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    Postumus (Gallo-Roman Emperor, AD 260-269). Æ double sestertius (14.12 gm). 'Irregular mint' (Mint II), AD 261-266. IMP C [M CA]SS LAT POSTVM[VS P F AVG], radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus right / LAETIT[IA] AV[G], galley sailing left. RIC 143. Bastien 160. Mairat 480. Light scratch on reverse. Good strike and lovely light apple-green patina. Good very fine.

    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.


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2011
    2nd-3rd Sunday-Monday
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