Quintillus (AD 270)

Marcus Aurelius Claudius Quintillus was born in Sirmium (now Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia) in Illyricum. He was brother of Roman Emperor Claudius II, and became Emperor himself in 270. Quintillus' origin is uncertain. He was either from Sirmium (Syrmia; in Pannonia Inferior) or from Naissus Dardania (in Moesia Superior); both areas are located in Serbia. Historia Augusta reports that he became Emperor in a coup d'état. Eutropius reports Quintillus to have been elected by soldiers of the Roman army immediately following the death of his brother. The choice was reportedly approved by the Roman Senate. Cause of death is unclear but all records agree in placing the death at Aquileia.

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Quintillus 'Apollo' Antoninianus 019929

Quintillus 'Apollo' Antoninianus
Bronze, 2.52 grams, 21.24 mm. Rome. 270 AD. Obverse: IMP CM AVR CL QVINTILLVS AVG, radiate and draped bust right. Reverse: APOLLINI CONS, Apollo standing left, holding branch and leaning on lyre set on rock; A, H or N in upper right field. RIC V-1 Rome 9; Sear (1988) 3242. Good very fine/fair. Ex Beachy Head Hoard 1961, with old collection ticket.

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