A Brief History of the Gallic – Roman Empire

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  1. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ..haha..well, that's the thing about collecting....purdy sooner or later you can start categorizing various groups from your random selections...aint that kool! :D(kaos theory)
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  3. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    Bildschirmfoto 2020-12-03 um 19.08.13.png

    IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG - Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus right
    P M TR P COS II PP - Postumus, helmeted and in military attire, standing left, holding globe and resting on spear
    Sestertius, Colonia Agrippina 261 a.D.
    29,84 mm / 14,42 gr
    RIC 107, C 249, Elmer 207, Bastien 61, Sear 11089, Banti 46 (2 Specimens)

    Rome mint Sestertii of Gallienus´sole reign were hardly ever struck in this quality.
  4. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    My bad. I misinterpreted David Sears wording in his write-up. I have not taken an ancient history course since the 7th grade.
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  5. Moe "Wolfy" Wilder

    Moe "Wolfy" Wilder Lord Wildermuth of Mosopoli

    Great writeup, but you somehow failed to mention the other great rarity of the series, Laelianus. My example of Laelianus was stolen in 2007. I keep waiting to see it turn up in someone else's hands, along with my ultra rare Phillip Mankaphas 1204 trachy, which was stolen at same time.
  6. Moe "Wolfy" Wilder

    Moe "Wolfy" Wilder Lord Wildermuth of Mosopoli

    No, he is still missing one.
  7. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Several people have posted Postumus AE sestertii or doubles. Be on the lookout for Postumus doubles overstruck on Antonine sestertii. Pius is most common but there are Faustinas as well. Some are weakly struck that the undertype is as strong as the new dies but mine wiped the reverse to the point I do not know what it was..
    Postumus on Antoninus Pius / Galley on ???
  8. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    I tend not to think about items that are uncollectable. It spoiled my joy when I collected half cents by die variety. I am a lot more interested in the history.

    Klawans did not list him has an emperor, only as the leader of the revolt against Postumus who was slain. Hence I was blindsided with him when I wrote the essay.
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  9. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Him and Domitianus are cool, but like you said absolutely unobtainable. No need to mention them except in very specialized circumstances
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  10. Moe "Wolfy" Wilder

    Moe "Wolfy" Wilder Lord Wildermuth of Mosopoli

    Unobtainable? yet I found one in a lot of crusty culls. LOL. I zapped it once and there was a Laelianus in beautiful near uncirculated condition, but somewhat curved. It looked as if it was placed faceup on top of another coin while still nearly molten, had drooped and curved over the edge of the coin and then stuck to a third coin as it cooled. One edge of it was straight but ragged as if it were snapped off or broken away from the third coin. The curve made the obverse slightly stretched and gave the reverse a pinched but high relief effect. I never would have sold it or my Theodore (not Phillip) Mankaphas (found in a similar manner), so they were stolen in 2007 when I fell on really hard times and really could've used that kind of money. I have an image of the lost Mankaphas, and though I couldn't get a good image, I'll never forget what the Laelianus looked like. I wasn't going for any sort of theme at that time, but now my wife and I avidly hunt down Radiant crowns of all kinds.
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  11. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    I think your story is pretty much a literal one in a million chance; for most people Laelianus is probably not in the works unless they win the lottery or REALLY WANT ONE
  12. NewStyleKing

    NewStyleKing Beware of Greeks bearing wreaths Supporter

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  13. kolyan760

    kolyan760 Well-Known Member

    No proculus ?
  14. kolyan760

    kolyan760 Well-Known Member

    Few from my collection , I had never seen this portrait of Postumus struck by Aureolus 446554EC-77AE-4903-BE6C-F6979EC67E30.jpeg 7BADC6C4-FA30-4CE2-8A6C-CBF1E9803D3E.jpeg 066E1C73-7F80-4350-9F6F-7AB25FEC4FD4.jpeg
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  16. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    The Gallic empire coins are, for the most part, common and cheap to come by. Except for the few extreme rarities, the reasonable ones are easy to find and are a great short set to try to complete.

    Here are my Gallic Guys:
    Postumus RIC 89 (2020_11_18 03_38_31 UTC).jpeg
    Postumus RIC 89. High silver billon alloy

    Victorinus RIC 118 (2020_11_18 03_38_31 UTC).JPG
    Victorinus RIC 188. Appears to be AE with either a very good layer of silvering, or a billon alloy with decent shallow-surface silver

    Carausius Imitation (2020_11_18 03_38_31 UTC).JPG
    Carausius. Appears to be an imitation in bronze.

    Tetricus I RIC 56 (2020_11_18 03_38_31 UTC).JPG
    Tetricus I RIC 56. Completely bronze.

    Tetricus II RIC 272 (2020_11_18 03_38_31 UTC).JPG
    Tetricus II RIC 272. Bronze with the standard "beat to death" reverse die

    Allectus (2020_11_18 03_38_31 UTC).JPG
    Allectus on a MASSIVE, oblong flan. Remants of surface silvering present.
  17. Tony1982

    Tony1982 Well-Known Member

    Nice post , an interesting area to collect. Here’s my postumus sestertius :-
    Postumus, AE Sestertius. Lyons.

    IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG, laureate, draped bust right.
    FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left, holding two standards.
    RIC V-II 124; Cohen 69.
    and Allectus Æ antoninianus 294-296AD
    London mint.
    PAX AVG mintmark -ML
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  18. impcaeaug

    impcaeaug Member

    Here's my only Gallic coin, an Antoninianus of Tetricus I, RIC 88:
    Colonia Agrippinensis Mint, 20mm, 2.89 grams
    Obverse: IMP TETRICVS PF AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
    Reverse: LAETITIA AVGG, Laetitia standing left holding wreath and anchor.
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  19. DonnaML

    DonnaML Supporter! Supporter

    My only Postumus, and my only coin of the Gallic Empire in general. The surfaces are rough or porous or both (not sure of the technical term), but I still kind of like it.

    Postumus, silvered billon Antoninianus, Lyons [Lugdunum] Mint, 260 AD. Obv. Radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right, IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG/ Rev. Postumus standing left w/spear & globe, PM TR P CO-S II PP. RIC V-1 54, RSC IV 243, Sear RCV III 10971. 22 mm., 3.9 g.

    Postumus COMBINED 2.jpg
  20. jamesicus

    jamesicus Supporter! Supporter

    The coins depicted here were produced in Britain by the London (Londinium) mint.

    Carausius, Antoninianus, RIC V (2), No. 475:

    Obverse depiction: draped, radiate, bust
    Inscription: IMP C CARAVSIVS PF AVG

    Reverse depiction: Pax standing left, holding olive branch
    Inscription: PA - X - AVG | S .....P

    London Mint.
    3.9 gm.

    Allectus, the chief minister of Carausius, assassinated him (or orchestrated his assassination) in AD 293. He continued operation of the British Carausian mints and coins were issued in his name and bearing his portrait

    Allectus, Antoninianus, RIC V (2), No. 33:

    Obverse depiction: cuirassed, radiate bust
    Inscription: IMP C ALLECTVS P F AVG

    Reverse depiction: Pax standing left, holding olive branch
    Inscription: PA - X - AVG ..... S - A, M L in reverse exergue.

    London mint
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