Nice antoninianus, PAX type, Tetricus I (270-275 AD), Gallo-Roman Empire

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IMP C TETRICVS AVG, bust right / PAX AVG, Pax standing, holding olive branch, holding long vertical scepter. Quality hoard coin, with an excellent brown patina. 17mm, 3.1 grams. RIC 100. SKU B1648

Gaius Pius Esuvius Tetricus was the emperor of the breakaway Gallo-Roman Empire from 271 to 274. He was originally the praeses (governor) of Gallia Aquitania, and became emperor after the murder of Emperor Victorinus in 271, after receiving the support of Victorinus's mother Victoria.  The Roman emperor Aurelian invaded in 273 or 274, which culminated in the Battle of Châlons, at which Tetricus surrendered. Aurelian spared Tetricus, and even made him a senator and corrector (governor) of Lucania et Bruttii. He died of natural causes a few years after 274.

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