ROMAN EMPIRE Maximinus II 309-313 AD follis


ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximinus II, 309-313 AD, follis, no date (308-11 AD), Thessalonika mint, officina 4, Obverse: laureate bust R, MAXIMINVS AVG, Reverse: Genius standing L holding cornucopia and sacrificing on altar, GENIO AVGVSTI, SMTS. star in left field, Δ in right field, billon, 23-24mm, 6.14g, SR14826, flaw, part weak reverse., XF

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Senior Emperor Galerius neglected to promote Maximinus from Caesar to Augustus as long as he could. Maximinus essentially promoted himself, and the Tetrarchic system ceased to exist as the central participants bickered and prepared for war, then had their war. Maximinus lost his last battle, and died shortly after.

In the Imperial Period Roman coinage became an engine for governmental propaganda. All of the themes of the coins are celebratory of some aspect of govermental authority or achievement.

The Roman Republic was founded in response to tyrannical kings. It functioned for several centuries in a kind of balance of rich and poor people (slaves didn’t count). The general idea was that laws would constrain personal power. During the days of Julius Caesar, et al, powerful people became too powerful, and a new system of slightly constrained autocracy, the Empire, developed. The main catalog we use on this web site for Roman coins is Roman Coins and their Values, by David Sear.

Ancient Coins includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.