MAXIMINUS II DAIA
AE Follis. 6.97g, 24.5mm
MINTED: Cyzicus mint, AD 311
REF: RIC VI Cyzicus 79
OBVERSE: GAL VAL MAXIMINVS PF AVG, laureate head right.
REVERSE: IOVI CONSER-VATORI AVGG, Jupiter standing left, chlamys hanging from left shoulder, holding globe and sceptre, at left foot an eagle with wreath in beak; MKVΔ in exergue.
Almost Very Fine. Rough surfaces. Well centered.
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 . Follis . "Jupiter standing" . Nicomedia
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