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Postumus, 260-268 AD c 268
Antoninianus, Formation of Gallic Empire
Marcus Cassianius Latinius Postumus was a Roman emperor from 260-268 It is believed that he was of humble Batavian origins that rose through the ranks of the army, and eventually promoted by the emperor Valerian to the position of imperial legate of Lower Germany. He usurped power from Valerian’s son Gallienus in 260 preserving his sphere of power in Gaul, Germania, Britannia and Iberia. He thus formed the so-called Gallic Empire. In 268 Gallienus’general Aureolus changed sides and he allied with Postumus had the opportunity to control Mediolanum. Mediolanum was strategically critical if Postumus planned to march on Rome. Instead he failed to move against Gallienus in Rome. Claudius to II seized contro; after Gallienus was assassinated and Aureolus was defeated. Postumus was unable to control his own troops which turned on him and killed him. Obverse IMP POSTUMUS PH AVG. Reverse PAX AVG Pax holding a branch and transverse scepter P.
Mint: Cologne (Köln)
Provenance: Private acquisition*

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