A newly discovered type for an antoninianus coin of Postumus leads a
Sept. 15 auction by Paul-Francis Jacquier.
The unique and previously unknown type of the antoninianus of
Postumus is notable for its unique bust. The bust featured on the
obverse is cuirassed (armored) but devoid of drapery, which
distinguishes it from the tens of thousands of others known from coin
hoards, public and private collections, and auction catalog
illustrations. During the reign of Postumus, antoniniani generally
showed a ruler’s bust as cuirassed and draped with a military
The Reverse Proof American Buffalo, a model of
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According to the auction preview, this extremely rare portrait
without the cloak can be dated to the beginning of 268. The coin was
struck in Cologne and weighs 3.44 grams.
The auction preview description asserts that the coin “is definitely
neither a mistake of the engraver nor the quality product of an
ancient counterfeiter. The characteristic style of the inscriptions,
the superbly carved portrait, and the quality of the metal give rise
to the assumption that this surprising striking is a surviving example
of a marginal official antoninianus coinage featuring a cuirassed bust.”
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The coin shows the radiate (or crowned) ruler on the obverse, and
the reverse depicts Jupiter with a scepter and thunderbolt. Many
reverse inscriptions were used for the antoninianus coins of Postumus,
and it is unknown whether other examples with this same bust exist
with reverse inscriptions different from those found on this unique example.
The unique coin is graded Extremely Fine by the auction house, which
gives it an estimate of €2,500 ($2,972).
To learn more, visit the firm’s website.
Editor's note: the image of the coin was updated at 8 a.m. EDT
Sept. 6 to correct an error in the earlier version that showed the