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Coin Maximianus, Rome 303–305 A.D.

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References: Vaux, W. S. W. “On a discovery of Roman coins, in the Parish of Little Malvern, Worcestershire”, The Numismatic Chronicle and Journal of the Numismatic Society, vol. 11, 1848, pp. 19–39; Cohen H., Description historique des monnaies frappees sous L'Empire romain communément appelées médailles impériales, deuxieme edition, Vol. 6: de Postume à Maximien Hercule (c. AD 258 - 310), 1880; Sutherland, C. H. V., "Diocletian's Reform of the Coinage: a Chronological Note1", Journal of roman studies, 45.1-2, 1955, pp. 116-118; Sutherland, C. H. V., Carson, R. A. G. (eds), The Roman Imperial Coinage, vol. 6: from Diocletian's reform (AD 294) to the death of Maximinus (AD 313), Spink & Son Ltd, London, 1967.

Coin well centered on both sides; the borders of dots on obverse and reverse are mostly visible. On the obverse of this coin, laureate head of Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maximianus Herculius facing right, bare bust and the inscription IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS P F AVG. Obverse translation “Imperator Cæsar Marcus Aurelius Maximianus Pius Felix Augustus”. On the reverse is inscribed GENIO POPVLI ROMANI and ANT in exergue (Antioch, Turkey). The Genius wearing the modius standing on the left, half naked, chlamys draped over left shoulder, holding a patera in his right hand and a cornucopia in the left. On the right side of the figure, a symbol, possibly as a control mark and the letters C B.

Date: 303–305 AD.

Parallels: London, British Museum 1867,0101.1244, 1901,0407.282, 1901,0407.286, 1901,0407.289, 1901,0407.293, 1904,0204.63, 2002,0102.2886, 2002,0102.2902, 2002,0102.2921, 2002,0102.2929, 2002,0102.2949, 2002,0102.2953, 2002,0102.2980, 2002,0102.2983, 2002,0102.3002, R.8372, R.8381; Cambridge, Harvard Art Museums 1976.79.1006; compare with New York, American Numismatic Society 1984.146.1177, 1984.146.1182; very similar example Boston, Museum of Fine Arts 64.241.

Photo by Steve Morton