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The Gallo-Roman Empire, Aureolus (Postumus) (A.D. 260-269) - South Petherton Hoard

This issue has been attributed on stylistic grounds to the mint at Milan, which is understood to have been loyal to Gallienus and was not part of Postumus's separatist empire. In attempting to explain this anomaly, Alföldi suggested the idea that the local military commander Aureolus switched allegiances and threw in his lot with Postumus and began to strike coins at Milan in his new masters name. Despite his control of Northern Italy and the great city of Milan,  Aureolus was a cautious rebel and seems to have been reluctant enough not to strike coins in his own name.

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SP6 - The Gallic Empire, Aureolus, Striking in the name of Postumus (A.D. 267?-268), Bronze Antoninianus, 2.65g., 19mm, Mediolanum (Milan) mint, 3rd officina, AD 268, radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus right, IMP POSTVMVS AVG, rev., Virtus advancing right, holding transverse spear and shield, VIRTVS EQVIT, [T] in exergue, (RCV 11001; RIC 388), extremely fine / good very fine, rare. $195

SP5 - The Gallic Empire, Aureolus, Striking in the name of Postumus (A.D. 267?-268), Bronze Antoninianus, 3.35g., 20mm, Mediolanum (Milan) mint, 3rd officina, AD 268, radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus right, IMP POSTVMVS AVG, rev., Virtus advancing right, holding transverse spear and shield, VIRTVS EQVIT, T in exergue, (RCV 11001; RIC 388), good very fine, rare. $225

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SP250 - The Gallic Empire, Aureolus, Striking in the name of Postumus (A.D. 267?-268), Bronze Antoninianus, 2.33g., 20mm, Mediolanum (Milan) mint, 1st officina, 3rd emission, AD 268, radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus right, IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, rev., Fides seated left, holding patera and signum, FIDES EQVIT, [P] in exergue, (RIC 368),  extremely fine. $195

SP1 - The Gallic Empire, Aureolus, Striking in the name of Postumus (A.D. 267?-268), Bronze Antoninianus, 2.77g., 20mm, Mediolanum (Milan) mint, 3rd officina, AD 268, radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus right, IMP POSTVMVS AVG, rev., Virtus advancing right, holding transverse spear and shield, VIRTVS EQVIT, [T] in exergue, (RCV 11001; RIC 388), good very fine, rare. $265

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SP248 - The Gallic Empire, Aureolus, Striking in the name of Postumus (A.D. 267?-268), Bronze Antoninianus, 3.39g., 20mm, Mediolanum (Milan) mint, 1st officina, 3rd emission, AD 268, radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus right, IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, rev., Fides seated left, holding patera and signum, FIDES EQVIT, P in exergue, (RIC 368),  extremely fine. $195

SP252 - The Gallic Empire, Aureolus, Striking in the name of Postumus (A.D. 267?-268), Bronze Antoninianus, 2.57g., 20mm, Mediolanum (Milan) mint, 1st officina, 3rd emission, AD 268, radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus right, IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, rev., Fides seated left, holding patera and signum, FIDES AEQVIT, P in exergue, (RIC 376; RCV 10937),  extremely fine. $225

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SP251 - The Gallic Empire, Aureolus, Striking in the name of Postumus (A.D. 267?-268), Bronze Antoninianus, 3.35g., 20mm, Mediolanum (Milan) mint, AD 268, 2nd officina, radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus right, IMP POSTVMVS AVG, rev., Concordia standing left, holding patera and rudder; prow of galley to left, CONCORD EQVIT, S in exergue, (RCV 10930; RIC 373), good very fine, rare. $195

SP247 - The Gallic Empire, Aureolus, Striking in the name of Postumus (A.D. 267?-268), Bronze Antoninianus, 4.33g., 21mm, Mediolanum (Milan) mint, 3rd officina, AD 268, radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus right, IMP POSTVMVS AVG, rev., Virtus advancing right, holding transverse spear and shield, VIRTVS EQVIT, [T] in exergue, (RCV 11001; RIC 388), good very fine, rare. $195

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SP4 - The Gallic Empire, Aureolus, Striking in the name of Postumus (A.D. 267?-268), Bronze Antoninianus, 2.60g., 20mm, Mediolanum (Milan) mint, AD 268, radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus right, IMP POSTVMVS AVG, rev., Concordia standing left, holding patera and rudder; prow of galley to left, CONCORD EQVIT, no mark in exergue, (RCV 10930; RIC 373), good very fine, rare. $195

SP10 - The Gallic Empire, Aureolus, Striking in the name of Postumus (A.D. 268), Bronze Antoninianus, 2.35g., 19mm, Mediolanum (Milan) mint, AD 268, 3rd officina, radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus right, IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, rev., Fortuna standing left, CONCORD EQVITVM, T in exergue, (RCV 10931; RIC 374), good very fine, rare. $225

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SP8 - The Gallic Empire, Aureolus, Striking in the name of Postumus (A.D. 267?-268), Bronze Antoninianus, 3.58g., 22mm, Mediolanum (Milan) mint, 3rd officina, AD 268, radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus right, IMP POSTVMVS AVG, rev., Virtus advancing right, holding transverse spear and shield, VIRTVS EQVIT, [T] in exergue, (RCV 11001; RIC 388), good very fine, rare. $195

SP9 - The Gallic Empire, Aureolus, Striking in the name of Postumus (A.D. 267?-268), Bronze Antoninianus, 2.55g., 20mm, Mediolanum (Milan) mint, 1st officina, 3rd emission, AD 268, radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus right, IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, rev., Fides seated left, holding patera and signum, FIDES EQVIT, [P] in exergue, (RIC 368), good very fine, rare. $225

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SP7 - The Gallic Empire, Aureolus, Striking in the name of Postumus (A.D. 267?-268), Bronze Antoninianus, 2.59g., 20mm, Mediolanum (Milan) mint, 3rd officina, AD 268, radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus right, IMP POSTVMVS AVG, rev., Virtus advancing right, holding transverse spear and shield, VIRTVS EQVIT, T in exergue, (RCV 11001; RIC 388), good extremely fine, rare, superb!. $495 SOLD

SP2 - The Gallic Empire, Aureolus, Striking in the name of Postumus (A.D. 267?-268), Bronze Antoninianus, 2.73g., 20mm, Mediolanum (Milan) mint, 3rd officina, AD 268, radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus right, IMP POSTVMVS AVG, rev., Virtus advancing right, holding transverse spear and shield, VIRTVS EQVIT, T in exergue, (RCV 11001; RIC 388), good very fine, rare. $195

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SP3 - The Gallic Empire, Aureolus, Striking in the name of Postumus (A.D. 267?-268), Bronze Antoninianus, 2.62g., 20mm, Mediolanum (Milan) mint, 1st officina, 3rd emission, AD 268, radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus right, IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, rev., Fides seated left, holding patera and signum, FIDES EQVIT, P in exergue, (RIC 368), superb portrait, good extremely fine, an exceptional example of this interesting issue, rare type. $695 SOLD