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Portraits Of Power - The Faces Of Imperial Rome

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 Posted 04/22/2021  5:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add erafjel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@Finn235, that is an awesome collection of Gallic Emperors you have there!

I find the double sestertii of Postumus especially interesting, I haven't really seen a good explanation to why he chose to revive those. Finding them in good condition is not easy (they were often overstrikes of old coins), but I would like to share this one, recently acquired, and in decent condition:



Double sestertius, 261, Postumus, Trier. RIC V 123.
Obv: IMP C M CASS LAT POSTVMVS P F AVG.
Rev: FIDES MILITVM.

It is a sturdy piece of copper, especially compared to the slim antoninianii - 22.6 g, 34 mm, 4.5 mm thick at the high reliefs. Radiated to indicate the double value, like the antoninianus.
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 Posted 04/29/2021  09:37 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
No worries Paul! Always happy to explain anything that may not be clear!

I wasn't sure, but I do believe the --- EQVIT types are exclusive to Aureolus in the name of Postumus, so he was probably trying to suck up at least a bit.

@erafjel, beautiful double sestertius! I have been trying for one for years; never seen to be the top bidder. His bronzes come in laureate, radiate, and helmeted - while the large radiate bronzes of Decius are definitely double sestertii, the distinction is less clear with Postumus, as they aren't even consistently heavier than the laureate bronzes. I wonder if they could perhaps be medallions instead?
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