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A billon antoninianus of the emperor Postumus with a reverse showing Neptune Coin Type: Billon antoninianus of Postumus, 259-268 CE
Mint and Date: Treveri 2nd Emission (cgb) or Cologne (RIC and Sear), 262 CE
Size and Weight: 21mm, 3.0g
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Neptune standing left, dolphin held in front in right hand at waist level, tall trident held behind in left hand. Prow of river boat left in front.
Provenance: amadeus-der-schoene (eBay), November 2006
Ref: RCV (2005) 10963, RIC V 76; Cunetio 2398
BW Ref: 011 029 093
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Note: The boat shown on this coin is probably a navis lusoria. Here's a translation by Lars Rutten from a comment by a German auction house:

"The naves lusoriae were introduced around mid 3. Century AD. Those slim and flat boats were used by the Roman river flotillas until the late Roman period and were of substantial military significance. Iulianus II. Apostata, for example, managed to get his 3000 men from Ulm to Sirmium within just eleven days (during the Civil War against Constantius II.) — which means that, assuming one boat carried thirty oarsmen and twenty additional men, the emperor used 60 naves lusoriae. One of the biggest advantages of this type of boat was that it could be manned with regular land troops. On the basis of naves lusoriae that were found in Mainz, the University of Regensburg recreated a lusoria, see Ferkel/Konen/Schäfer, Navis Lusoria. Ein Römerschiff in Regensburg, St. Katharinen 2004. Postumus propagated this type of boat in an extensive way on his coins."

Here are two other coin types with this type of boat: Antoninianus of Postumus showing a personification of the Rhine; Antoninianus of Postumus showing Serapis.

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