Gallic-Roman Empire Postumus Antoninianus Hercules of Deuson w/ Club Bow

Ancient Coins - Gallic-Roman Empire Postumus Antoninianus Hercules of Deuson w/ Club Bow
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Gallic Empire, Postumus, Summer 260 - Spring 269 A.D.
 
RS64647. Silver antoninianus, RSC IV 91a, RIC V-2 64, Mairat 13, Schulzki AGK 25, Elmer 124, Hunter IV 14, SRCV III 10944, aVF, toned, edge cracks, 3.271g, 22.9mm, 180o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint, IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse HERC DEVSONIENSI (to Hercules of Deuson), Hercules standing slightly right, head right, nude, resting right hand on grounded club behind, bow in left hand, Nemean lion skin draped over his left arm
 
Deusoniensis probably refers to modern Deutz, on the Rhine across from Cologne. Apparently, Hercules was worshiped there and it has been suggested that Postumus was born in the town. From these relatively obscure provincial origins, Postumus would have risen through the ranks of the army until he held command of the Roman forces `among the Celts.` What his precise title was is not definitely known, though he may have been promoted by Valerian to imperial legate of Lower Germany. Postumus was evidently in favor at Valerian's court, and may even have been granted an honorary consulship.
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