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brm_686654 - MAXIMIANUS HERCULIUS Aurelianus

MAXIMIANUS HERCULIUS Aurelianus AU/AU
280.00 €(Approx. 299.60$ | 235.20£)
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Type : Aurelianus
Date: automne 289 - début 290
Date: 289-290
Mint name / Town : Lyon
Metal : billon
Millesimal fineness : 50 ‰
Diameter : 23 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,03 g.
Rarity : R3
Officine: 3e
Coments on the condition:
Bel exemplaire, idéalement centré. Très joli revers, finement détaillé. Patine marron
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : IMP C MAXIMIANVS P AVG.
Obverse description : Buste radié, drapé et cuirassé de Maximien Hercule à droite vu de trois quarts en avant.
Obverse translation : “Imperator Caesar Maximianus Pius Augustus”, (L'empereur César Maximien pieux auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : SALVS AVGG/ -|-// T.
Reverse description : Salus (la Santé) debout à droite, tenant une patère de la main gauche et nourrissant un serpent qu'elle tient de la main droite.
Reverse translation : “Salus Augustorum”, (La Santé des augustes).

Historical background


MAXIMIANUS HERCULIUS

(10/12/285-02/310)

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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