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Roman Empire

Ruler: Quintillus
Reigned: 270 AD
Denomination: AE Antoninianus
Mint: Rome
Date of Issue: end 270 AD
Obverse: Bust right, radiate, cuirassed. "IMP. C. M. AVR. CL. QVINTILLVS AVG."
Reverse: Fides standing left, holding vexillum in right hand and long sceptre in left hand. "FIDES MILITVM"
Mint marks:
Reference: RCVM 11440, RIC V.1 18, New RIC temp. no. #1154
Weight: 2.1 gms
Diameter: 17.6 mm

QUINTILLUS (M. Aurelius Claudius Quintillus)

  • Quintillus was the younger brother of Claudius II.
  • In August 270, Claudius died from plague and power passed to Quintillus, who became emperor in September 270.
  • He had been left at Aquileia to defend northern Italy while Claudius was dealt with the Goths.
  • His reign lasted a two months, at most, and perhaps as little as 17 days, for the Danube legions declared in favour of Aurelian, commander of the cavalry.
  • Quintillus, called for a doctor to open his veins and he died, without having left Aquileia.

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