Gallic Emperor 268 – 270AD
Marcus Piavonius Victorinus was a soldier of considerable ability. Victorinus had risen to a high position under the Gallic Emperor Postumus and was widely considered to be his logical successor to the newly found throne of the Gallo-Roman Empire. After the assassination of Marius, Victorinus, indeed, at last, became the Gallo-Roman Emperor. Little is known of the history of his short reign, but it appears that Spain seceded from his empire soon after his accession.
There were also troubles in Gaul, culminating in a rebellion at Augustodunum (Autun). Victorinus succeeded in taking the city after a siege of seven months, but soon afterward, he was murdered by one of his own officers at Cologne. It is not known precisely why Victorinus was murdered. It might have had something to do with his reputation for taking other men’s wives. Through the influence of his mother, Victoria, he was succeeded by Tetricus I, who honored his memory in a brief series of commemorative coins.
Mints: Cologne, Vienna (?), unidentified mint
IMP CAES VICTORINVS P F AVG
IMP VICTORINVS AVG
IMP VICTORINVS P F AVG
DIVO VICTORINO PIO
AU Aureus (6.33 grms)
Æ HEAVY (Double) Antoninianus (5.84 grams)
Æ Antoninianus (3.74 grams)
AR Silver Denarius (Rt shield & Spear) Struck from Aureus Dies
Posthumus Coinage issued by Tetricus I