AE Postumus Antoninianus 260-269 A.D. (21 mm, 2.45g, 6h)
Treveri mint, 6th emission, AD 268
O: C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. RIC V 318; Mairat 162-5; AGK 53; RSC 215c var. (star in rev. field).
R: PA-X AVG, Pax standing left, holding transverse scepter in left hand and olive branch in right hand; P to left.
S: CNG 11/16/07
Postumus was a man of humble origins who had proved his worth as a soldier and leader and was appointed commander of the Rhine legions by Valerian I. In AD 259 he rebelled against Gallienus and established a separate kingdom in Britain, Gaul and Spain where he ruled well and wisely for a decade. In AD 268 Ulpius Cornelius Laelianus rebelled against Postumus; although the usurper was quickly destroyed, Postumus refused to allow his troops to sack Moguntiacum (Mainz) which had supported the rebellion and was killed by his troops, an action they are said to have regretted later.