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Offline Minimax88

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Marius, usurper (269 AD)
« on: February 16, 2021, 07:13:48 PM »
Marcus Aurelius Marius (269 AD) billon antoninianus, RIC 10

Obv: IMPCMARIVSPFAVG - Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: SAECFELICITAS - Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopia

He was a blacksmith and later he rose through the ranks of the Roman army to become an officer.
After the emperor Postumus refused to allow his soldiers to sack the city of Mainz, they murdered the emperor and the army elected Marius to succeed Postumus. According to the ancient written sources, Marius’ reign lasted for two or three days only, before being killed by a sword of his own manufacture. This tradition is probably partially or entirely incorrect. Based upon the number of coins he issued, a more accurate length for his reign would be at least two or three months.
Interesting emperor and great addition to my collection :D

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Re: Marius, usurper (269 AD)
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2021, 11:58:34 AM »
Congratulations. That must be a really difficult emperor to find. The workmanship of the coin is so crude, I could think of it as an emergency issue. What a contrast with Saeculi Felicitas (happy age). Would the new Marius have known his life was at stake? Probably. Could he have refused the imperial mantle? Probably not. A classic Greek drama taking only a few months. A great talking piece.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.