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Macrianus – 260-261 AD

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Fulvius Junius Macrianus

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260-261 AD

Fulvius Junius Macrianus was the son of General Fulvius Macrianus and the older brother of Quietus. Following the defeat of Emperor Valerian I at the hands of the Persians, the remnants of the Roman legions gathered to elect a new Emperor. The troops were led by General Fulvius Macrianus, one of Valerian’s generals, and Ballista, the Praetorian Prefect. Between the two leaders, It was decided that the sons of Fulvius Macrianus would be proclaimed co-emperors. Thus, Macrianus and his brother Quietus.

The legions then launched a counter-attack against the Persians and scored a major victory. Now confident of their success, General Macrianus and his son Macrianus departed for the West, where they hoped to be victorious against Gallienus, the son of Valerian I. Quietus, who remained behind at Emesa to maintain control of the East.

As Macrianus and his father reached the province of Illyricum (modern-day Croatia), they were met by the legions of Gallienus under the command of his general, Aureolus. In the battle that followed, Macrianus‘ legions were defeated, and Macrianus, along with his father, were both slain.

Monetary System


Æ Antoninianus

Mints: Antioch, Emesa

Obverse Legends:



MACRIANUS Av Aureus AR Antoninianus

AU Aureus

AR Antoninianus

Macrianus AE Antoninianus
Æ Antoninianus

MACRIANUS AE Tetradrachm Egypt


Æ Tetradrachm

Monetary History of the World
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