Quintillus came to power after the death of his brother Caludius II. Although loved by the Senate, Quintillus had no strong ties with the army and when Aurelian claimed that Claudius had meant for him to be the next successor what little loyalty Quintillus had evaporated. With Aurelian's forces coming nearer, Quintillus had no muscle to contest the usurper and committed suicide before testing Aurelian's mercy. He had been emperor for only a few weeks.
RIC 24a, Cohen 49 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMAVRCLQVINTILLVSAVG; Radiate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: MARTIPACIF; Mars advancing left, holding branch, spear and shield. Lot sold for $200 9/19/01.