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Gallic Empire, Marius, May - August or September 269 A.D.

A blacksmith by trade, Marius worked his way up through the ranks until he was an officer in the Gallic Empire army under Postumus. Upon Postumus' death, Marius seized power but his reign was very short, perhaps only two or three days. He was murdered by his own officers, possibly with a sword of his own manufacture.


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SH45447. Billon antoninianus, Schulzki 6b (R3), Cohen VI 20, RIC V-2 18 var. (R, bust), Elmer 636 var. (same), Hunter IV 10 var. (same), SRCV III 11122, VF, nice dark sea-green patina, excellent portrait, weight 2.950 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, Mogontiacum (Mainz) or Treveri (Trier) mint, May - Aug/Sep 269 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR MARIVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTO-RI-A AVG, Victory advancing right, raising wreath in right hand, palm frond in left hand; rare; SOLD


Gallic Empire, Marius, May - August or September 269 A.D.

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A blacksmith by trade, Marius worked his way up through the ranks until he was an officer in the Gallic Empire army under Postumus. Upon Postumus' death, Marius seized power but his reign was very short, perhaps only two or three days. He was murdered by his own officers, possibly with a sword of his own manufacture.
RA87328. Billon antoninianus, Schulzki 7b, RIC V-2 17, Hunter IV 9, Cohen VI 21, Elmer 638, SRCV III 11123, VF, excellent portrait, brown patina, areas of light corrosion/porosity, weight 2.879 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint, 268 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR MARIVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse VICTORIA AVG (the victory of the Emperor), Victory walking left, wreath in right hand, palm against left shoulder in left hand; scarce; SOLD


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A blacksmith by trade, Marius worked his way up through the ranks until he was an officer in the Gallic Empire army under Postumus. Upon Postumus' death, Marius seized power but his reign was very short, perhaps only two or three days. He was murdered by his own officers, possibly with a sword of his own manufacture.
SH65289. Billon antoninianus, Schulzki 7b, RIC V-2 17, Hunter IV 9, Cohen VI 21, Elmer 638, SRCV III 11123, VF, reverse weakly struck with worn die, weight 2.712 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint, 268 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR MARIVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse VICTORIA AVG (the victory of the Emperor), Victory walking left, wreath in right hand, palm against shoulder in left; from the Scott Collection; scarce; SOLD


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A blacksmith by trade, Marius worked his way up through the ranks until he was an officer in the Gallic Empire army under Postumus. Upon Postumus' death, Marius seized power but his reign was very short, perhaps only two or three days. He was murdered by his own officers, possibly with a sword of his own manufacture.
RA91615. Billon antoninianus, Schulzki N51, pl. 15, 9 (R5, same obv. die); RIC V-2 19 (R); Elmer 640; SRCV III 11125; Cohen VI 22; Cunetio 2512 (1 spec.); Hunter IV - (p. xcvi), VF, dark patina, light earthen deposits, small edge splits, weight 2.583 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, Mogontiacum (Mainz) or Treveri (Trier) mint, May - Aug/Sep 269 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR MARIVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS AVG, Virtus or Mars standing left, wearing military garb, right hand resting on grounded shield, spear vertical in left hand; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; rare; SOLD


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A blacksmith by trade, Marius worked his way up through the ranks until he was an officer in the Gallic Empire army under Postumus. Upon Postumus' death, Marius seized power but his reign was very short, perhaps only two or three days. He was murdered by his own officers, possibly with a sword of his own manufacture.
SH41596. Billon antoninianus, Schulzki 8b (R4), Hunter IV 9, RIC V-2 17 var. (bust), Cohen VI 19 var. (same), SRCV III 11123, VF, struck with somewhat worn dies, nice glossy patina, weight 3.405 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 45o, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, May - Aug/Sep 269 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR MARIVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVG (the victory of the Emperor), Victory standing left, wreath in right hand, palm frond in left; rare; SOLD


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Marius' harmony with the army, as well as his reign, was short lived. He was murdered by his own officers, perhaps after only a reign of a few days.
SH64044. Billon antoninianus, Schulzki 3b; RIC V-2 7 (S); Hunter IV 3; Cohen VI 4; Elmer 632; SRCV III 11119, VF, ragged flan, a little rough, weight 2.997 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 180o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint, May - Aug/Sep 269 A.D.; obverse IMP C MARIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CONCORDIA MILITVM (harmony with the soldiers), clasped hands; RIC lists as scarce but seldom available for sale; SOLD


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The reverse legend anounces the beginning of a new happy fortunate age. Happiness and fortune wouldn't last for Marius. According to the ancient written sources, Marius was began his military career as a blacksmith and he was killed by a sword of his own manufacture after a reign of only two or three days. However, based upon the number of coins he issued, a more accurate length for his reign would be at least two or three months.
SH41597. Billon antoninianus, Schulzki 4b, Zschucke 188, RIC V-2 10 (S), Hunter IV 6, Cohen VI 13, SRCV III 11120, VF, ragged flan, light corrosion, weight 2.449 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 180o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint, obverse IMP C MARIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse SAEC FELICITAS, Felicitas standing half left, caduceus in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; scarce; SOLD


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A blacksmith by trade, Marius worked his way up through the ranks until he was an officer in the Gallic Empire army under Postumus. Upon Postumus' death, Marius seized power but his reign was very short, perhaps only two or three days. He was murdered by his own officers, possibly with a sword of his own manufacture.
RA73399. Billon antoninianus, Schulzki 8a (R1), Mairat 238, Hunter IV 9, Elmer 639, RIC V-2 17, Cohen VI 19, SRCV III 11123, aVF/aF, corrosion, weight 2.558 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 0o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint, May - Aug/Sep 269 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR MARIVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder and back; reverse VICTORIA AVG (the victory of the Emperor), Victory standing left, wreath in extended right hand, palm frond in left; rare; SOLD


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A blacksmith by trade, Marius worked his way up through the ranks until he was an officer in the Gallic Empire army under Postumus. Upon Postumus' death, Marius seized power but his reign was very short, perhaps only two or three days. He was murdered by his own officers, possibly with a sword of his own manufacture.
SH07681. Billon antoninianus, Schulzki 7b, RIC V-2 17, Hunter IV 9, Cohen VI 21, Elmer 638, SRCV III 11123, gem EF, weight 3.29 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint, 268 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR MARIVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder and back; reverse VICTORIA AVG (the victory of the Emperor), Victory walking left, wreath in right hand, palm against shoulder in left; from the Scott Collection; scarce; SOLD


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A blacksmith by trade, Marius worked his way up through the ranks until he was an officer in the Gallic Empire army under Postumus. Upon Postumus' death, Marius seized power but his reign was very short, perhaps only two or three days. He was murdered by his own officers, possibly with a sword of his own manufacture.
SH21685. Billon antoninianus, Schulzki 8b (R4), RIC V-2 17 var. (bust), Cohen VI 19 var. (same), SRCV III 11123, EF, brown patina, weight 2.633 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 0o, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, May - Aug/Sep 269 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR MARIVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVG (the victory of the Emperor), Victory standing left, wreath in right hand, palm frond in left; rare; SOLD




  




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