MAXIMINUS II DAIA
AE Follis. 7.19g, 24.5mm
MINTED: Alexandria mint, circa AD 308-310
REF: RIC VI Alexandria 100a
OBVERSE: GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB CAES, laureate head right with parallel wreath ties.
REVERSE: GENIO CA-ESARIS, Genius standing left pouring libation from patera and holding cornucopiae; K in left field, B over P in right, ALE in exergue.
Toned brown surfaces. Very attractive.
Maximinus II Daia was the nephew of emperor Galerius, and even before the latter's death, he had begun to claim the title of Augustus, in competition with Constantine I, Licinius, and Maxentius. Early Christian writers who lived through his persecutions of Christians ascribed all manner of crimes and sinful vices to him. Eusebius wrote that Maximinus was "deranged and crazed", an "instructor in wickedness to those about him", and that he "could not pass through a city without continually corrupting women and ravishing virgins." In 313, Maximinus's army was defeated by that of Licinius at the Battle of Tzirallum. Maximinus escaped the battle dressed as a slave and fled to Tarsus, where he continued to be beseiged by Licinius until his death in August of that year.
MAXIMINUS II DAIA . AD 310-313 . AE Follis . GENIO CAESARIS . Alexandria mint
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