Roman Imperial coin, bronze, (AE) Billon antoninianus. Struck during the reign of Marcus Aurelius Claudius Quintillus Augustus in Rome, 270 C.E. The radiate head of Quintillus faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "IMP C M AVR CL QVINTILLVS AVG" surrounding image. On reverse, the standing figure of Apollo (the god of music, truth and prophecy, healing, the sun and light, plague, poetry, et cetera) faces left and holds a laurel branch in his right hand and rests his left arm again a lyre set on a rock with the inscriptions "APOLLINI CONS" surrounding image. Obverse and reverse inscriptions based on Sear reference; obverse side off struck, edges worn, and damage on reverse renders the images and inscriptions difficult to decipher.
Date: 270 C.E.
Remarks: A younger brother of Claudius Gothicus, Quintillus was proclaimed emperor by his troops at Aquileia on the death of Claudius. After only a short period of undisputed power, his position was challenged by Aurelian who was proclaimed emperor by the legions at Sirmium. Realizing the superiority of their rival, the soldiers of Quintillus deserted him and in desperation he committed suicide. Quintillus' coins were minted in Rome, Milan, Siscia, and Cyzicus.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values", (Vol III, 2005), #11434, pg 409
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Italy/Rome|