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Roman Empire

Ruler: Gallic Empire: Marius
Reigned: 269 AD
Denomination: AE Antoninianus
Mint: Cologne
Date of Issue: 269 AD
Obverse: Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. "IMP. C. MARIVS P.F. AVG."
Reverse: Clasped hands. "CONCORDIA MILITVM"[1]
Reference: RCVM 11119b, RIC 7
Weight: 2.8 gms
Diameter: 19.5 mm
Comment: [1] = Military union or friendship

MARIUS (Marcus Aurelius Marius)

  • Late in 268 Postumus was murdered by his own soldiers after his refusal to let them pillage Mainz after the defeat of the usurper, Laelianus.
  • His successor, Marius is said to have been a blacksmith by trade, and a common soldier.
  • Some sources say he ruled for just two days, but he probably lasted at least two or three months
  • He was either strangled as a result of a private quarrel, or some sources say that he was killed with one of his own swords.
  • Power then passed to Victorinus, a general under Postumus.

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