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Gallic Empire, Postumus, Summer 260 - Spring 269 A.D.
Upon his acclimation, Postumus was recognized as emperor in Gaul (except perhaps for Narbonensis), the two Germanias, and Raetia. By 261, Britannia, Gallia Narbonensis and Hispania had also acknowledged him as emperor, possibly after an expedition to Britain in the winter of 260/261. He established his capital in northern Gaul, probably at Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium or Augusta Treverorum, and then proceeded to set up many of the traditional Roman legislative and executive structures. Apart from the position of emperor, he immediately assumed the office of consul alongside a colleague, Honoratianus. Like his imperial predecessors, he became the pontifex maximus of the state and assumed tribunician power each year. He is thought to have established a senate, perhaps on the basis of the Council of the Three Gauls or provincial councils, and a praetorian guard, one of whose officers was to become the future Gallic emperor Victorinus. Reflecting his power base, the chief members of Postumusí administration appeared to have been of northern Gallic origin, and indeed, the entire administration soon became rapidly Gallicized. Both Victorinus and Tetricus, important members of the government, hailed from this region.
RB64656. Billon antoninianus, RSC IV 261a (London); Hunter IV 3; RIC V-2 55 (London); Cunetio 2387 (73 spec.); Elmer 288; Schulzki AGK 61; SRCV III 10972, F, toned, die wear, edge cracks, porosity, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint, weight 2.880g, maximum diameter 21.1mm, die axis 180o
, 262 A.D.; obverse IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse P M TR P COS III P P, Postumus standing slightly left, wearing helmet and military attire, globe in right hand, spear vertical in left hand; $28.00
Catalog current as of Monday, August 19, 2019.
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