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brm_545996 - MAXIMIANUS HERCULIUS Aurelianus

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Type : Aurelianus
Date: automne 287 - automne 289
Date: 287-289
Mint name / Town : Lyon
Metal : billon
Millesimal fineness : 50 ‰
Diameter : 25 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 4,38 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Flan large et bien centré. Légère présence de concrétions vertes, notamment au droit. Joli revers. Patine marron-gris
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Obverse legend : IMP C MAXIMIANVS P AVG.
Obverse description : Buste radié, casqué et cuirassé de Maximien Hercule à droite avec pan de paludamentum, vu de trois quarts en avant (C01).
Obverse translation : “Imperator Cæsar Maximianus Pius Augustus”, (L’empereur césar Maximien pieux auguste).


Reverse legend : VIRTVTI AVGG/ -|-// -.
Reverse description : Hercule nu debout à droite, étranglant le lion de Némée ; à ses pieds derrière lui, sa massue.
Reverse translation : “Virtuti Augustorum”, (À la Virilité des augustes).


Couvre nuque décoré ainsi que le casque et la visière cloutés. Cuirasse et épaulière cloutées.

Historical background


(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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