MAGNUS MAXIMUS
AD 383-388

AE4. 1.17g, 13.5mm

MINTED: Arelate (Arles) mint, circa AD 383-388
REF: RIC IX 29a

OBVERSE: D N MAG MAXIMVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: SPES ROMANORVM, Campgate with two turrets; star above; SCON in exergue.

 

Grade/Notes:

Very Fine. Dark brown patina. Well-centered, with virtually complete legend and devices. A nice example of the scarcer campgate type for this interesting, short-lived ruler. 

 

Historical Notes:

Magnus Maximus was commander of the Roman legions in Britain when he rebelled against Emperor Gratian in 383.  Taking his troops to Gaul, Maximus first defeated Gratian near Paris, then marched into Italy to unseat Gratian's younger brother, Valentinian II, who fled to the court of Theodosius I, the Roman Emperor in the East.  Negotiations between Theodosius and Maximus led to the latter being recognized as a Co-Emperor, ruling over the provinces of Britain, Gaul, Spain and Africa.  Maximus's ambitions, however, were not yet sated, and in 387, he sent his troops against Valentinian II again.  This time, Theodosius and Valentinian joined to invade Maximus's territories, and after a campaign that lasted almost a year, Maximus surrendered at Aquileia in August 388.  Despite pleading for mercy, Maximus was executed, along with his young son, Flavius Victor. 

MAGNUS MAXIMUS . AD 383-388 . AE4 . Campgate . Well-centered and nice for type

SKU: 3452
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