Avitus was the leading commander under Petronius Maximus and was
elevated to the throne when Maximus was killed. He held on to power for almost a
year before the citizens of Rome revolted over one of the now-common food
shortages. Taking advantage of the unrest, the general Ricimer and his aide
Majorian mutinied and Avitus fled towards Gaul, which is where his main
powerbase was. However, the forces of Ricimer caught up with him and his
entourage was defeated. Avitus attempted to gain sanctuary in a nearby temple
but Ricimer laid siege to it until Avitus either committed suicide or starved to
Obv-DN AVITVS P F AVG Laureate head right.
Rev-VICTORIA AVGGG Victory standing left, holding wreath and palm branch.