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Breakway Beards: The Gallic Game of Portraiture


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It is widely known that, while Imperial Rome had its fair share of strong Bearded Emperors, many of the most renowned ones didn't sport facial hair. For the Gallic Empire though, that's a full 4/4 "legitimate" Emperors each sporting a distinctive beard and hairstyle that makes modern collectors' identification life easier even if the materials make the process tough on conservation. 

While I am myself a Gordian collector (who eventually grows a beard), I have grown to appreciate the detail every Gallic Emperor and wannabe put into their own hair.

From Postumus' lush beard that covers his whole neck to Victorinus' backwards combed hair, matching his shorter beard and even Domitian II's amicable looking face, all three partake in what I've denominated "The Gallic Game". Each Emperor leaves a bearded legacy on portraits on coins and while their hair is long gone, their engraving remains in our memories and collections

Join me on the Gallic Game and share your favourite Breakaway Beard in this thread!

Below is mine: Victorinus

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Nice beard!

Postumus, Antoninianus,

Postumus, Antoninianus, 260-269, Trier, Billon 21MM
Obverse- Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG
Reverse- Serapis standing left, raising hand & holding sceptre; prow at his feet to left SERAPI COMITI AVG
RIC-329 Trier mint (AD 267)

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Not in as good condition as yours, but here is my Victorinus:

Victorinus Antoninianus (Bronze, 19 mm, 2.68 g), Treveri, late 269.
IMP C PIAV VICTORINVS P F AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Victorinus to right. 
Rev. FIDES MILITVM Fides standing front, head to left, holding two signa.

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This thread needs a Tetricus!

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Tetricus I, AD 271-274
Roman billon antoninianus, 2.74 g, 20.1 mm, 4h
Mainz or Trier, AD 273-274
Obv: IMP TETRICVS P F AVG, radiate, cuirassed bust right
Rev: HILARITAS AVGG, Hilaritas standing left, holding long palm and cornucopiae
Refs: RIC 80; Cohen 54; RCV 11237.

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Postumus...

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...the Trier way...

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... the Cologne way ...

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... and finally the Milan way!

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Victorinus

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And finally Tetricus

Would anyone have a Laelianus to share ?! 🤠

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5 hours ago, Lhevae said:

Would anyone have a Laelianus to share ?! 🤠

Nope, but I do have a small collection of beardy break-away Postumus coins to contribute:

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Postumus, Gallic Roman Empire, AR antoninianus, mid–end 260 AD, Trier mint. Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS. P. F. AVG; bust of Postumus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: SALVS PROVINCIARVM; river god reclining l., head horned, r. hand resting on knee, and holding pitcher and anchor in l. hand; to rear, l., forepart of boat. 23mm, 3.15g. Ref: Mairat 14; RIC V Postumus 87.

 

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Postumus, Gallic Roman Empire, AR antoninianus,  mid–end 260 AD, Trier mint. Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS.P.F.AVG; bust of Postumus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: HERC DEVSONIENSI; Hercules stg. r., with r. hand leaning on club, and holding bow in l. hand and lion’s skin over I. arm. 23 mm, 3.57g. Ref: Mairat 15; RIC V Postumus 64.

 

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Postumus, Gallic Roman Empire, BI antoninianus, 260–261 AD, Trier mint. Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG; bust of Postumus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: VICTORIA AVG; Victory running l., holding wreath in r. hand and palm against l. shoulder in l. hand, kicking bound and std. captive to l., with r. foot. 21mm, 3.76g. Ref: Mairat 19/106; RIC V Postumus 89.

 

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Postumus, Gallic Roman Empire, AR antoninianus, 261 AD, Trier mint. Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG; bust of Postumus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: HERC DEVSONIENSI; Hercules stg. r., with r. hand leaning on club, and holding bow in l. hand and lion’s skin over I. arm. 24 mm, 3.44g. Ref: Mairat 100; RIC V Postumus 64.

 

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Postumus, Gallic Roman Empire, AR antoninianus, 261 AD, Trier mint. Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG; bust of Postumus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: P M TR P COS II P P; emperor helmeted, standing l., holding globe in r. hand and long spear (points up) in l. hand. 24.5mm, 2.94g. Ref: Mairat 108/109; RIC V Postumus 54.

 

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Postumus, Gallic Roman Empire, AR antoninianus, 262–263 AD, Trier mint. Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG; bust of Postumus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: MINER FAVTR; Minerva running l., holding branch in r. hand and long transverse spear (points up) and shield in I. hand. Mairat 235; RIC V Postumus 74. 22mm, 3.08g.

 

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Postumus, Gallic Roman Empire, AR antoninianus, 262–263 AD, Trier mint. Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG; bust of Postumus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: IOVI PROPVGNATORI; Jupiter, walking l., holding thunderbolt in r. hand and eagle in l. hand. 22mm, 4.07g. Ref: Mairat 237; RIC V Postumus 72.

 

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Postumus, Gallic Roman Empire, AR antoninianus, 262–263 AD, Trier mint. Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG; bust of Postumus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: NEPTUNO REDUCI; Neptune stg. l., holding small dolphin in r. hand and vertical trident in l. hand, at feet, to l., prow of ship. 23 mm, 3.64g. Ref: Mairat 243; RIC V Postumus 76.

 

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Postumus, Gallic Roman Empire, AR antoninian, 262–266 AD, Trier mint. Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS. P. F. AVG; bust of Postumus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: MONETA AVG; Moneta, draped, standing l., holding scales in r. hand and cornucopiae in l. hand. 23mm, 2.96g. Ref: Mairat 246/320; RIC V Postumus 75/315.

 

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Postumus, Gallic-Roman Empire, AR antoninianus, 262–263 AD, Trier mint. Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG; bust of Postumus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: HERC PACIFERO; Hercules, standing l., holding olive-branch, club, and lion's skin. 22mm, 2.74g. Ref: Mairat 248–250; RIC V Postumus 67.

 

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Postumus, Gallic Roman Empire, AR antoninian, 263 AD, Trier mint. Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG; bust of Postumus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: P M TR P IIII COS III P P; Mars, walking r., holding spear in r. hand and trophy in l. hand. 21mm, 2.84g. Ref: Mairat 255; RIC V Postumus 57.

 

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Postumus, Gallic Roman Empire, AR antoninian, 263–266 AD, Trier mint. Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG; bust of Postumus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: FELICITAS AVG; Felicitas, draped, standing l., holding caduceus in r. hand and cornucopiae in l. hand. 23mm, 2.71g. Ref: Mairat 265/317.; RIC V Postumus 58.

 

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Postumus, Gallic Roman Empire, AR antoninian, 266–7 AD, Trier mint. Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG; bust of Postumus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: DIANAE LVCIFERAE; Diana walking r., quiver in the back, holding long-handled lighted torch in both hands. 20mm, 2.77g. Ref: Mairat 334.

 

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Postumus, Gallic Roman Empire, AR antoninian, 266–7 AD, Trier mint. Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG; bust of Postumus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: SALVS AVG; Aesculapius stg. r., head l., with r. hand leaning on serpent-staff which rests on the ground; at feet, r., globe.. 21mm, 3.12g. Ref: Mairat 348.

 

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Postumus, Gallic Roman Empire, AR antoninian, 266–267 AD, Trier mint. Obv:  IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG; bust of Postumus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, Rev: SAECVLI FELICITAS; Postumus, draped, cuirassed, standing r., holding spear in r. hand and globe in l. hand. 21mm, 4.31g. Ref: Mairat 365; RIC V Postumus 83/325.

 

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Postumus, Gallic Roman Empire, AR antoninian, 266–267 AD, Trier mint. Obv:  IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG; bust of Postumus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: SERAPI COMITI; Serapis standing l., raising arm and holding sceptre. 20mm, 3.52g. Mairat 364, RIC V Postumus 329.

 

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Postumus, Gallic Roman Empire, AR antoninian, 268–269 AD, Trier mint. Obv:  IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG; bust of Postumus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: PAX AVG; Pax standing l., holding olive-branch and transverse sceptre; in field l., P. 21mm, 3.97g. Mairat 466–7; RIC V Postumus 318.

 

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MARIUS. Romano-Gallic Emperor, 269 AD.
Obverse..IMP CM AVR MARIVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse..VICTORIA AVG, Victory standing left, holding wreath and palm.
RIC#17...Mint Trier?

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On 5/27/2022 at 6:04 AM, Lhevae said:

Postumus...

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...the Trier way...

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... the Cologne way ...

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... and finally the Milan way!

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Victorinus

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And finally Tetricus

Would anyone have a Laelianus to share ?! 🤠

Your 3rd coin is for Aureolus.

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On 5/30/2022 at 2:31 AM, mc9 said:

Your 3rd coin is for Aureolus.

Indeed! Struck by Aureolus for Postumus in Milan. Nonetheless, the portrait is still of Postumus.

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4 hours ago, Severus Alexander said:

Hey @Alegandron, it's not a die match, but I think my Marius reverse must surely have been engraved by the same guy as your Laelianus reverse!

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(Probably the closest I'll ever get to a Laelianus!)

Given the short ammount of time from one to the other, I'd say it is very possible.
It's an interesting thought, going from minting for a usurper to minting for the emperor in a month, then a month passes and that emperor is no more.

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