AE Follis. 9.16g, 27.5mm
MINTED: Siscia mint, AD 296
REF: RIC VI Siscia 95b
OBVERSE: IMP C MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, laureate head right.
REVERSE: GENIO POP-VLI ROMANI, Genius standing left, modius on head, naked but for chlamys over left shoulder, holding patera and cornucopiae; B in right field, *SIS in exergue.
Good Very Fine. Perfectly centered; rich, red-brown patina with some toned silvering in fields. Bold portrait on an attractive coin of strong character.
Ex Artifact Man Ancient Coins, with tag indicating retail price of US$95.
Maximianus, also known as Maximian or Maximianus Herculius, was an acclaimed Roman general who was made co-emperor by his close friend and ally Diocletian when the latter ascended to the throne. When Diocletian decided to retire in 305 after 21 years of rule, he enjoined Maximianus to do the same so that their respective Caesars, Galerius and Constantius I, could take their places and rule the empire. Maximianus was reluctant to abdicate, and in 306, urged on by his son, Maxentius to join his revolt against the legitimate emperors, Maximianus took the purple for the second time. He was forced to retire again in 308, but in 310, he declared himself Augustus in rebellion against Constantine I. His third reign lasted mere months, and when captured by Constantine, he was forced to commit suicide.
MAXIMIANUS . AD 286-305 . Follis . "Genius" . Cyzicus
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