Roman Gold Jewels With Postumus Coins Missing From France’s National Library

The obverse of one of the three objects that have disappeared from a secured stock of France’s National Library. © Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
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The Bibliothèque Nationale de France has reported missing three objects. They are known as aurei of Postumus (260-269) set in openwork frames and possibly belonging to the same necklace.

These three pendants have disappeared. They are made of gold coins of Postumus set in openwork frames. © Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

In 1774, they were found together with a fourth specimen as part of the large Rennes hoard and since then they have been in the custody of the National Library. All coins were minted in 264, three of the aurei belong to the Indulgentia typus, one to the Roma Aeterna typus. One of the Indulgentia aurei was particularly rare with the portrait facing left. This piece, however, was stolen in 1831 already during a big theft.

Now the other three objects have disappeared from a secured store in Tolbiac in the east of  Paris. The National Library has file a charge and informed dealers, auction houses, and associations.

You can see photos of the missing objects and contact information on the website of the International Numismatic Council.

Here you will find the website of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

In this article you will learn more about Postumus, the usurpator and emperor in the Gallic Empire, and his coins.

And here we presented a new type of an antoninaus of Postumus.