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Tetricus II Caesar – 270-273 AD

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Tetricus II AV Aureus

Caesar 270 – 273AD

Son of the Last Usurper of Gaul

Gaius Pius Esuvius Tetricus II was the son of Tetricus I. He was raised to the rank of Caesar at the time of his father’s accession. Aurelian was determined to retake the Gallo-Roman Empire that Postumus had established. Upon Aurelian’s invasion of Gaul, Tetricus I surrendered, thus abdicating his throne to Aurelian, marking the Roman Empire’s reunification. Aurelian spared both his life and that of his father. Tetricus and his son were allowed to live in peace within Roman society. Tetricus II eventually became a Senator of Rome.

Monetary System

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Æ Antoninianus

Mint: Vienna (?).

Obverse Legends:


Tetricus II E Denarius 2.14 grams


AU Aureus
Æ Antoninianus (Radiated Head) (2.4 grams)
Æ Denarius (bare head)(Extremely Rare)(2.14 grams)

As Augustus 


Tetricus II AE Antoninianus as augustus

Note: Tetricus II as Augustus AE Antoninianus is Extremely Rare. It is not entirely certain that these very rare coins were the product of an official mint. We cannot be certain whether Tetricus I actually elevated his son from Caesar to Augustus during the final days of their reign in 274 AD. There are several coins that purport to be of Tetricus II as Augustus, but the authenticity of the coin as an official issue or a barbarous imitation is debatable. The barbarous imitations attempted to copy authentic issues. It has been argued that there may have simply been some confusion with the coinage of his father. Nevertheless, the appearance of AVG on any coin of Tetricus II, official or barbarous, is exceptionally rare.

Mint: Vienna (?).

Obverse Legends:



Æ Antoninianus

Barbarous Radiates

Tetricus II Genuine Barbarous


Barbarous radiates are unofficial counterfeits or imitations of coin types of the Gallo-Roman emperors. A few are nearly full-sized, but most are smaller or much smaller than their prototypes. The majority imitate Tetricus I or Tetricus II, the last Gallo-Roman emperors. Barbarous radiates also exist for Claudius II and even Postumus as well as Victorinus. The numerous small minting operations that produced barbarous radiates were discontinued about 274AD when Aurelian reunited Gaul with the rest of the empire and launched an attack upon the abuses of those in the official mint of Rome who were stealing silver from the government.


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