Maximian 17mm VF quarter-follis of Siscia RIC 146
IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS P F AVG - Laureate head right
GENIO POPVLI ROMANI - Genius standing l. wearing chalmys draped over l. shoulder, holding patera and cornucopia
Minted in 305, this is a rare denomination, sometimes referred to as a quinarius
Maximian 26mm gVF follis of Ticinum Sear 3637 V.M. 43
IMP C MAXIMIANVS P F AVG - Laureate head right
SACRA MONET AVGG ET CAESS NOSTR - Moneta standing left holding scales
The reverse declares this coin as the "Sacred Money of our Augustii and Caesarii".
Maximian 27mm aEF/gVF follis of Treveri Sear 3631 V.M. 39
IMP MAXIMIANVS AVG - Laureate head right
GENIO POPVLI ROMANI - Genius standing l. holding patera and cornucopia
Nice example of this issue, dedicated to the "Spirit of the Roman People"
Maximian 25mm gVF follis of London Sear 3646 V.M. 55 RIC 90
D N MAXIMIANO P F S AVG - Laureate and cuirassed bust right
GENIO POP ROM - Genius standing l.
Follis from Maximian's second reign, minted in 307. Maximian seems to have slimmed down a lot after he stepped out of retirement. :) ex. Tom Vossen
Maximian 26mm aVF follis of Aquileia RIC 77a
IMP MAXIMIANVS P F AVG - Helmeted bust left holding spear and shield
FIDES MILITUM AUGG ET CAESS NN - Fides standing holding standard in each hand.
An amusing coin. The reverse brags about the "Fidelity of the Military to the Augustii and Caeserii". Since Maximian and Maxentius were at war with the world, who were these people the military were loyal to? I bought this coin from Vince Bulic who said the following; "Given the turbulence of these times, I suspect the mint officials upon hearing of Severus' defeat by Maximian (Spring 307) simply changed the emperor's name and kept the same design until further instruction. This would put the date of issue for this coin as late spring 307 AD."
Maximian 21mm gVF follis of Alexandria Sear 3650 V.M. 57 RIC 88
D N MAXIMIANO BAEATISSI - Laureate bust right, draped in Imperial mantel, hand raised
PROVIDENTIA DEORVM - Quies and Providence standing facing each other
2nd abdication follis. There is some debate whether this coin represents Maximian's second abdication. Minted in 308, it is similar to other retirement issues but places Maximian in a more active role. Perhaps someone was wisely hedging their bets in this Imperial gamble. ex. Ralph DeMarco
Maximian 24mm VF/aVF follis of Rome Sear 3651 RIC 244
IMP MAXENTIVS DIVO MAXIMIANO PATRI - Veiled head right
AETERNAE MEMORIAE - Tetrastyle temple with rounded dome, eagle on top, doors ajar
Minted in 310 by Maxentius after his Dad had tried to steal his throne, run off to his enemy Constantine, tried to steal that throne, ran off with the treasury and been killed. Seems no hard feelings were felt. :) At this point Maxentius was invoking every god and relative at his disposal in an effort to show that he was the future of Rome. Papa, still loved by the army, made a convenient rallying point. ex. Phillpe Porte
Maximian 17mm aEF half-follis of Thessalonica V.M. 61 Sear 3652
DIVO MAXIMIANO OPTIMO IMP - Veiled head right
REQVIES OPTIMORVM MERITORVM - Maximian seated left on curule chair, holding scepter and raising right hand
Minted under Constantine in 318 to commemorate the father-in-law he had killed eight years earlier. One might think that this would have caused a little tension in his marriage. And one would be wrong. Some reports have Maximian's daughter Fausta betraying her father's conspiracy herself. Fausta was a very pragmatic girl (check out the story of the death of Crispus for more evidence of this). ex. Classical Cash
Maximian 15mm VF quinarius of Rome Sear 3654 RIC 123
DIVO MAXIMIANO SEN FORT IMP - Veiled and laureate head right
MEMORIAE AETERNAE - Lion walking l.
Another commemorative minted under Constantine. I'm really fond of this coin for two reasons. One, I believe it is the last example of a lion on Roman coinage. Second, I bought it on the cheap because it needed serious cleaning. I'm happy with the way it turned out. There is tremendous satisfaction to be had in taking a mediocre coin and prettying it up. Click here to see what it looked like before cleaning. ex. Harlan Berk