MAXIMINUS II DAIA, as Caesar
AE Follis. 1.64g, 18.2mm
MINTED: Siscia mint, AD 305-306
REF: RIC VI Siscia 170b
OBVERSE: GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB C, laureate head right.
REVERSE: GENIO POP-VLI ROMANI, Genius standing left, holding cornucopiae and patera; SIS in exergue.
Very Fine. Nice green patina.
These 1/4 folles were issued for a short period, and only at the Siscia mint. Rare in Maximinus's name.
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, as Caesar . AD 305-309 . 1/4 Follis . "Genius" . Rare
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