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RIC VI, TICINUM [after 89], MAXIMIAN HERCULIUS, UNLISTED FOR RULER

  

OBVERSE

IMPCMAXIMI-ANVSPFAVG [IMP C MAXIMIANVS P F AVG]; head r., laur.

REVERSE

HERCVLICO-MITIAVGGNN [HERCVLI COMITI AVGG NN]; Hercules stg. facing, head l., r. leaning on club, l. holding bow; lion's skin over l. arm. SMT in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED FOR RULER. RIC lists this type only for Maxentius and Constantine (Ticinum 89 and 90, p. 294). General note about this issue from p. 275-6: "Very rare aurei exist only for Maxentius and for Constantine (as Augustus) with rev. Herculi Comiti Augg Nn, Hercules stg., SMT. Those of Maxentius could in theory have been produced as part of Group III, with Augg signifying Maxentius and Herculius; but the association of Constantine with the same type makes it more likely that the emissions were simultaneous, deliberately reflecting Constantine's elevation. If this is so, Maxentius as the son of Herculius is seen equating his claims with those of Constantine, the son-in-law: in the light of the aes [...] it is plain that this recognition of Constantine preceded Maxentius' break with Herculius". In fact there were probably two nearly simultaneous issues: with Maxentius and Herculius (coin shown here), and the other with Maxentius and Constantine. Coin should be listed after TICINUM 89.

NOTES

Aureus. Weight 5.066 g. Coin sold on allegro.pl in June 2004 for c. $300.


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski