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brm_444274 - MAXIMIANUS HERCULIUS Argenteus

MAXIMIANUS HERCULIUS Argenteus AU
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Type : Argenteus
Date: 295-297
Mint name / Town : Trèves
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 900 ‰
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 2,48 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 3e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan mince, ovale et irrégulier. Beau portrait de Maximien. Revers de style fin bien venu à la frappe. Jolie patine grise superficielle avec des reflets dorés. Conserve la plus grande partie de son brillant de frappe
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Obverse


Obverse legend : MAXIMI-ANVS AVG.
Obverse description : Tête laurée à droite.
Obverse translation : “Maximianus Augustus”, (Maximien auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : VIRTVS - MILITVM/ -|-// C.
Reverse description : Les Tétrarques, Dioclétien, Maximien, Constance et Galère, vêtus militairement, deux par deux, sacrifiant au-dessus d'un trépied allumé placé devant une enceinte composée de six tours.
Reverse translation : “Virtus Militum”, (La Virilité des soldats).

Commentary


Poids très léger. Rubans de type 2.

Historical background


MAXIMIEN HERCULES

(10/12/285-02/310) Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maximianus

Augustus I (1/04/286-1/05/305)

Maximian was born in Sirmium to 250. It has "low forehead, wrinkled face, nose trumpet, chin and thick neck, shaggy beard" after "Roman emperors", op. cit., p. 119. This description does not really resemble the portraits of argentei are stereotyped and not necessarily recognizable. He is chosen by Diocletian to assist him. It is first Caesar and august from April 286, and it is the foundation of the Dyarchie. Maximian moved to Trier and must fight against the barbarian invasions and the usurpation of Carausius in Britain. In 293, the creation of the Tetrarchy, he is assisted by Constantius. Diocletian forced Maximian to abdicate on 1 May 305. He resents retirement and will support his son Maxentius when it seizes Rome 28 October 306. He is back in august as 307 and helps Constantine to whom he gives his daughter Fausta in marriage. Maximian was forced to abdicate to the conference Carnuntum 11 November 308. One last time, he took the purple early 310 in Marseille before committing suicide or being murdered.

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