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bpv_887602 - MAXIMIANUS HERCULIUS Tétradrachme

MAXIMIANUS HERCULIUS Tétradrachme XF
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Type : Tétradrachme
Date: an 6
Mint name / Town : Alexandrie, Égypte
Metal : billon
Diameter : 20,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 7,95 g.
Coments on the condition:
Flan large, centré. Usure régulière. Buste agréable. Patine marron foncé
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la collection André Ronde

Obverse


Obverse description : Buste lauré, drapé et cuirassé de Maximien à droite, vu de trois quarts en arrière (A*2).
Obverse legend : MAXIMIANOS SEB.
Obverse translation : (Maximien auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : L | S.
Reverse description : Nike debout à gauche, tenant une couronne de la main droite et une palme de la main gauche.
Reverse translation : (Sixième année).

Commentary


Rubans de type 1.

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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