ROMAN EMPIRE Maximinus II Caesar 305-308 AD follis Siscia mint


ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximinus II, Caesar, 305-308 AD, follis, no date (312 AD), Siscia mint, officina 3, Obverse: laureate bust R, IMP MAXIMINVS P P AVG, Reverse: Jupiter standing L holding thunderbolt & scepter, eagle at feet, IOVI CONSERVATORI, SIS, H G, billon, 25mm, 6.3g, SR14862, 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.