MAXIMINUS II DAIA
AE Follis. 4.8g, 21.2mm
MINTED: Antioch mint, AD 312
REF: RIC VI Antioch 167b
OBVERSE: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG, laureate head right.
REVERSE: SOL IN-VICTO, Sol, radiate, standing left in long robe, right hand raised, head of Serapis in left hand; BI in left field, * in right, ANT in exergue.
Almost Very Fine/Fine.
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 . "Sol holding head of Serapis"
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