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South Petherton Hoard

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

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.