Tetricus I (AD 270 - AD 273)

Caius Pius Esuvius Tetricus was Emperor of the Gallic Empire (Imperium Galliarum) from 270/271 to 273 AD, following the murder of Victorinus. Tetricus, who ruled with his son, Tetricus II, was the last of the Gallic emperors. Tetricus was born to a noble family and held the administrative rank of praeses provinciae (provincial governor) of Aquitania at the time of Victorinus' death. Victorinus' mother, Victoria, paid the army heavily to declare Tetricus emperor near Burdigalia (Bordeaux, France), which was approved in Gaul and Britain. Following his appointment, Tetricus repelled Germanic tribes that took advantage of the confusion following the death of Victorinus to invade. Tetricus installed his capital at Augusta Treverorum (present Trier, Germany, near the vital Rhine border, hence later seat of a Tetrarch) and appointed his son, Tetricus II, Caesar.

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Tetricus I 'Laetitia' Antoninianus 019934

Tetricus I 'Laetitia' Antoninianus
Bronze, 2.77 grams, 20.98 mm. Mint in Gaul. 270-273 AD. Obverse: IMP C TETRICVS PF AVG, radiate and draped bust right. Reverse: LAETITIA AVGG, Laetitia standing left, holding wreath and anchor. RIC 87; Sear 11239. Good fine/fine. Ex Beachy Head Hoard 1961, with old collection ticket.

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Tetricus I 'Laetitia' Antoninianus 019934


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