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Maximinus II From Antioch

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 Posted 01/13/2021  10:37 pm Show Profile   Check Victor's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add Victor to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Maximinus II, as Caesar, 305-309. Follis (Bronze, 26 mm, 6.44 g, 12 h), Antiochia, circa 309. MAXIMINVS NOB CAES Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Maximinus II to left, holding spear over his right shoulder and shield decorated with two horsmen riding to left, four enemies below them; on cuirass, gorgoneion; on helmet, Sol standing facing in quadriga, raising his right hand in salute and holding globe in his left, around, stars and crescent, crest ending in griffin. Rev. VIRTVS EXERCITVS / B / ANT Virtus standing front, head to left, resting her right hand on decorated shield and holding spear in her left; in field to left, lighted altar. RIC 125

some conjecture in an attempt to put this type in context--

Though the mint of Antioch struck this type for Galerius and Maximinus; the obverse with the highly decorated armored bust was only struck for Maximinus II. Antioch was likely his principal residence from 309- 311, so not surprising this special type was struck there. This type may also have referenced the campaign against the Sassanids (not only the martial bust, but also battle scene on shield) waged by Maximinus (late 309-early 310) and perhaps also his desire to be named Augustus; which may have happened during the same campaign-- "at the last general muster he had been saluted by his army under the title of Augustus." (Lactantius XXXII) Galerius recognized him as Augustus (mid 310) but since the troops of Maximinus had already raised him up, this was probably just a formality.

and a common boring coin

Maximinus II
A.D. 312
20x21mm 4.2g
IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG; laureate head right.
SOLI INVICTO; Sol standing left in long robe, right hand raised, left hand holding head of Serapis; BI in left and #10038; in right field.
In ex. ANT
RIC VI Antioch 167b

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 Posted 01/13/2021  11:34 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, those are lovely coins.
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 Posted 01/14/2021  04:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great to read your posts,wish you posted more.
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 Posted 01/14/2021  6:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Now that's a nice coin Victor!..

I'd only ever seen this obverse type with the Sol/quadriga reverse so thanks for posting and an informative write up thanks.
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 Posted 01/14/2021  7:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add travelcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice post. I've never seen the first coin Maximinus II as Caesar. That is a beauty and I would imagine rare.
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