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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 2110. Estimate $300. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $195. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

MARIUS. 269 AD. Antoninianus (2.79 gm). Cologne mint. IMP C M AVR MARIVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right / VICTO-R-IA AVG, Victory running right, holding wreath and palm. RIC V pt. 2, 18; Schulzki 6a (this coin); Gilljam pg. 28, 3 (same dies); Cunetio 2507; Elmer 636. EF. ($300)

From the Jürgen K. Schmidt Collection. Ex Bankhaus Aufhäuser Auktion 10 (5-6 October 1993), lot 559.

After the deaths of Postumus and Laelianus in early 269, Marius employed two mints for the production of his coinage, one thought to have been located at Trier (Treveri), and the second at Cologne (Colonia Agrippinensis). Control of the mint at Cologne had been gained by Laelianus during his revolt from Postumus, and it subsequently passed to Marius upon Laelianus' death. In an effort to speed production, Marius employed the reverse dies already present at the mint for his own coinage. The reverse die of the coin presented here is a shared die of Laelianus.