Quintillus – 270 AD

Quintillus

Brother of Claudius II
Emperor 270 AD


Marcus Aurelius Claudius Quintillus was the younger brother of the famous Claudius II Gothicus. Following the death of his brother due to the plague, Quintillus was proclaimed Emperor by his troops at Aquileia. After only a breif period of undisputed power, he was challenged by the ambitious general Aurelian who had been proclaimed Emperor by the legions at Sirmium. Faced by overwhelming odds and the military experience of Aurelian, Quintillus’ troops deserted him following which he then committed suicide.


Monetary System

Mints: Rome; Milan; Siscia; Cyzicus

Obverse Legends:

IMP QVINTILLVS AVG
IMP C M AVR CL QVINTILLVS AVG


DENOMINATIONS

AU Aureus (5.40 grams)
Æ HEAVY Antoninianus (4.10 grams)
Æ Antoninianus (3.4-2.3 grams)
Æ Tetradrachm (Egypt)

Note: The difficult times of this period are reflected in the quality of the coinage. The Antoninianii are particularly of poor quality. The strikes are rarely full and the coins themselves are usually irregular in shape and form.


Monetary History of the World
© Martin A. Armstrong