MAXIMINUS II DAIA
AE Follis. 3.77g, 23.3mm
MINTED: Siscia mint, AD 313
REF: RIC VI Siscia 234b
OBVERSE: IMP MAXIMINVS PF AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG NN, Jupiter standing left, holding Victory on globe and sceptre; in lower left field eagle with wreath in beak standing left, head right; Γ in right field, SIS in exergue.
Good Very Fine/Very Fine. Even dark brown patina. Excellent, boldly struck portrait.
Last issue for Maximinus at Siscia.
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" . Siscia
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