MAXIMINUS II DAIA
AE Follis. 4.68g, 22mm
MINTED: Alexandria mint, AD 312-313
REF: RIC VI Alexandria 160b
OBVERSE: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG, laureate head right.
REVERSE: GENIO-AVGVSTI, Genius standing left, chlamys over left shoulder, holding in cornucopia in one hand and head of Serapis in the other, palm branch at feet; star over N in left field, epsilon in right field, ALE in exergue.
A well-centered and handsome piece. Plenty of original silvering remaining. An area of lacquer coating on reverse.
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 . Genius with head of Serapis
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