Postumus

Reece Period attributed: Period 13

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Member of the The Gallic Emperors dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 260 until 269.

Postumus was proclaimed emperor by his forces, the Rhine legions, in 260; he captured and executed Gallienus’ son Saloninus. However, the purpose of his revolt was not to march on Rome but to create a Western empire. Gallienus left Postumus alone when it became clear that he would not march on Rome; later Gallienus attacked the rebel but suffered personal injury and went back to Rome.

Postumus didn’t support Aureolus’ defection in 268 and refused to enter the conflict in Italy. However, this move may have cost him some support and he was killed the next year during the revolt of Laelian by his soldier, angered when he would not let them pillage Mainz.

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