Roman Imperial coin, bronze, (AE) Billon antoninianus. Struck during the reign of Gaius Pius Esuvius Tetricus, Emperor of the Gallic Empire, 270-273 C.E. The radiate head of Tetricus I faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "IMP C TETRICVS P F AVG" surrounding image. On reverse, the standing figure of Salus, the goddess and personification of safety and well-being, faces left and feeds a serpent arising from an altar with her right hand with the inscriptions "SALVS AVGG" surrounding image. Obverse and reverse inscriptions based on Sear reference; edges of coin worn down and surface oxidation renders the inscriptions difficult to decipher.
Date range: 273-274 C.E.
Remarks: At the death of Victorinus, Tetricus was governor of Aquitania and, through the influence of Victoria, the mother of Victorinus, he succeeded to the throne. The power of the Gallo-Roman Empire declined rapidly under Tetricus and when, in 273 C.E., Aurelian invaded Gaul, Tetricus abdicated and surrendered to him. Aurelian spared the lives of both Tetricus and his son, and even gave Tetricus a post in the government of Italy. The ex-emperor spent the rest of his life in Rome, honored by Aurelian and his successors. Tetricus' coins were possibly minted in Vienna.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values", (Vol III, 2005), #11247, pg 392
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