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3530583
353, Lot: 583. Estimate $75.
Sold for $90. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Victorinus. Romano-Gallic Emperor, AD 269-271. Antoninianus (20mm, 3.47 g, 12h). Treveri (Trier) mint. 2nd emission, early-mid AD 270. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Pax standing left, holding olive branch and transverse scepter; V to left, star to right. RIC V 117; Mairat 252; AGK 14a. EF, brown patina.


Victorinus hailed from a wealthy Gallic family, serving in the army and eventually becoming praetorian tribune and consul of the Gallic Empire under Postumus. Assuming the purple after the murder of Postumus, Victorinus initially met with limited support. The province of Hispania broke away, returning to the fold of the central Roman Empire, while southern Gaul threatened to do the same. Victorinus managed to hold onto Gaul only to meet his death a few years later, at the hands of a jealous general whose wife he was rumored to have seduced.