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Gallic Empire, Marius, May - August or September 269 A.D.

A blacksmith by trade, Marius worked his way up through the ranks until he was an officer in the Gallic Empire army under Postumus. Upon Postumus' death, Marius seized power but his reign was very short, perhaps only two or three days. He was murdered by his own officers, possibly with a sword of his own manufacture.


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A blacksmith by trade, Marius worked his way up through the ranks until he was an officer in the Gallic Empire army under Postumus. Upon Postumus' death, Marius seized power but his reign was very short, perhaps only two or three days. He was murdered by his own officers, possibly with a sword of his own manufacture.
SH07681. Billon antoninianus, Hunter IV 9 (Trier?), Schulzki 7b, RIC V 17, Cohen VI 21, Elmer 638, SRCV III 11123, gem EF, weight 3.29 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint, 268 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR MARIVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder and back; reverse VICTORIA AVG (the victory of the Emperor), Victory walking left, wreath in right hand, palm against shoulder in left; from the Scott Collection; scarce; SOLD


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A blacksmith by trade, Marius worked his way up through the ranks until he was an officer in the Gallic Empire army under Postumus. Upon Postumus' death, Marius seized power but his reign was very short, perhaps only two or three days. He was murdered by his own officers, possibly with a sword of his own manufacture.
SH21685. Billon antoninianus, Schulzki 8b (R4), RIC V 17 var. (bust), Cohen VI 19 var. (same), SRCV III 11123, EF, brown patina, weight 2.633 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 0o, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, May - Aug/Sep 269 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR MARIVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVG (the victory of the Emperor), Victory standing left, wreath in right hand, palm frond in left; rare; SOLD


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Marius' harmony with the army, as well as his reign, was short lived. He was murdered by his own officers, perhaps after only a reign of a few days.
SH35061. Billon antoninianus, Schulzki 1b; RIC V, part 2, 6 (S); Hunter IV 1; Cohen VI 8; Elmer 633; SRCV III 11119, VF, weight 2.914 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 225o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint, May - Aug/Sep 269 A.D.; obverse IMP C MARIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CONCORDIA MILIT (harmony with the soldiers), clasped hands; RIC lists as scarce but seldom available for sale; SOLD







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REFERENCES

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Cohen, H. Description historique des monnaies frappées sous l'Empire Romain, Vol. 6: Macrianus to Diocletian & Maximianus. (Paris, 1886).
Elmer, G. "Die Münzprägung der gallischen Kaiser von Postumus bis Tetricus in Köln, Trier und Mailand." in Bonner Jahrbücher 146 (1941). pp. 1 -106.
Mairat, J. Le monnayage de l'Empire Gaulois. CGB Rome XV. (Fixed Price List, 2004).
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Robinson, A. Roman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, University of Glasgow, Vol. IV. Valerian I to Allectus. (Oxford, 1978).
Schulte, B. Die Goldprägung der gallischen Kaiser von Postumus bis Tetricus. Typos IV. (Aarau, 1983).
Schulzki, H. J. Die Antoninianprägung der Gallischen Kaiser von Postumus bis Tetricus. (Bonn, 1996).
Sear, D.R. Roman Coins and Their Values III, The Accession of Maximinus I to the Death of Carinus AD 235 - AD 285. (London, 2005).
Vagi, D. Coinage and History of the Roman Empire. (Sidney, 1999).
Zschucke, C.-F. Die Bronze-Teilstück-Prägungen der römischen Münzstätte Trier. (Trier, 2002).
Zschucke, C.-F. Die römische Münzstätte Köln. (Trier, 1993).

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