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brm_666172 - MAXIMIANUS HERCULIUS Aurelianus

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Type : Aurelianus
Date: 286-288
Mint name / Town : Siscia
Metal : billon
Millesimal fineness : 50 ‰
Diameter : 22 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 3,32 g.
Rarity : R3
Officine: 1re
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie idéalement centrée au droit, avec une jolie tête et un revers intéressant. Patine foncée
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : IMP C M A VAL MAXIMIANVS P F AVG.
Obverse description : Tête radiée de Maximien Hercule à droite (O).
Obverse translation : “Imperator Cæsar Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maximianus Pius Felix Augustus”, (L’empereur césar Marc Aurèle Valère Maximien pieux heureux auguste).


Reverse legend : VICTORIA AVGG/ (GAMMA)// .XXI..
Reverse description : Dioclétien et Maximien Hercule debout face à face ; Dioclétien est debout à gauche, vêtu militairement, tenant un globe nicéphore de la main droite et un sceptre transversal de la main gauche et Maximien Hercule, debout à droite, vêtu militairement, tendant la main droite.
Reverse translation : “Victoria Augustorum”, (La Victoire des augustes).

Historical background



Auguste I

Maximian was born in Sirmium around 250. He has "a low forehead, a wrinkled face, a trumpet nose, a thick chin and neck, a shaggy beard" according to "The Roman Emperors", op. cit., p. 119. This description does not look so much like the portraits of the argentei, which are stereotyped and not necessarily recognizable. He is chosen by Diocletian to assist him. He was first Caesar, then Augustus from April 286, and it was the foundation of the Diarchy. Maximien settles in Trèves and must fight against the barbarian invasions and the usurpation of Carausius in Brittany. In 293, when the Tetrarchy was created, he was assisted by Constantius Chlorus. Diocletian forces Maximian to abdicate on May 1, 305. He resents retirement and goes to support his son Maxentius when he seizes Rome on October 28, 306. He resumes service as august in 307 and helps Constantine to whom he gives his daughter Fausta in marriage. Maximian is forced to abdicate at the conference of Carnuntum, November 11, 308. One last time, he resumes the purple at the beginning of 310 in Marseilles before committing suicide or being assassinated.

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