Double-Denarius of Postumus Depicting Jupiter

19 May 2022  Thu

Marcus Cassianius Latinius Postumus was a Roman commander of Batavian origin who ruled as Emperor of the splinter state of the Roman Empire known in contemporary times as the Gallic Empire. He ruled for the better part of ten years before he was murdered by his own troops.

Postumus' coinage has been of particular interest to numismatists, in light of the high quality and relative abundance of his coin issues. His ‘Labours of Hercules’ series is particularly renowned. Double-Denarius coins were revived by Postumus.

The coin shown above depicts radiate, draped & cuirassed bust of the king facing right on the obverse. The reverse of the coin depicts Jupiter walking left, head turned right, and hurling thunderbolt.

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