Maximinus II

308 - 313 A.D.

The nephew of Galerius, Maximinus "Daia" was chosen as his eastern Caesar under the shaky Tetrarchy of Diocletian. He was sent to oversee Syria and Egypt where he awaited his turn at being emperor of the east half of the empire. Unfortunately for him, the western Caesar, Severus II, was defeated by the usurper Maxentius. This in turn forced Galerius to name Licinius as his replacement. Galerius died in 311 and Licinius, not Maximinus, was elevated to Augustus totally sidelineing Maximinus who was the senior Caesar. Maximinus was upset about this, to say the least, but somehow or other he and Licinius patched up their differences and the status quo was preserved for the time being.

Licinius would then stir up trouble again, however, by aligning himself with Constantine who would then go on to defeat the forces of Maximian and Maxentius (a secret ally of Maximinus). Maximinus could bear no more and realized that he was probably next on the chopping block. Taking the initiative, he went on the warpath and declared war on Licinius. Licinius had the upper hand militarily though and was able to defeat him in two separate battles. Maximinus was killed or committed suicide and Licinius had his family executed as well.

Aureus

RIC 46 Aureus Obv: MAXIMINVSCAESAR; Laureate head right.
Rev: SOLIINVICTONKYLXC; Radiate Sol standing, arm raised, holding globe.


Unlisted Aureus Obv: MAXIMINVSPFAVG; Laureate head right.
Rev: CONSVLPPPROCONSVL; Emperor standing, head to left, holding globe.


AR Argenteus

RIC 826 AE Argenteus Obv: IMPMAXIMINVSAVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust left holding globe and raising right hand.
Rev: SOLIINVICTOCOMITI; Sol, holding globe and whip, standing left in facing quadriga


AE Follis

RIC 40a AE Follis Obv: GALMAXIMINVSPFAVG - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: GENIOAVGVSTI - Genius standing left, holding patera and scepter.


RIC 43 AE Follis Obv: GALVALMAXIMINVSNOBC - Laureate head right
Rev: GENIOCAESARIS - Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopia. Lot sold for $7 12/4/01.


RIC 49 AE Follis Obv: GALVALMAXIMINVSNOBC - Laureate head right.
Rev: VIRTVTIEXERCITVS Exe: Γ/MKV - Mars advancing right, naked but for a floating chlamys, holding spear and trophy. Lot sold for $6 12/01/01.


RIC 49a AE Follis Obv: IMPCGALVALMAXIMINOINVAVG - Laureate head right.
Rev: GENIOIMPERATORIS. Genius standing left holding cornucopia with * in left field.


RIC 61 AE Follis Obv: GALVALMAXIMINVSNOBC - Laureate head right.
Rev: VIRTVTIEXERCITVS Exe: Γ/*/MKV- Virtus standing right, holding spear and shield.


RIC 66c AE Follis Obv: IMPCGALVALMAXIMINVSPFAVG; Laureate head right.
Rev: GENIOAVGVSTICMH Exe: SMN(officina) - Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopia.


RIC 74b AE Follis Obv: IMPCGALVALMAXIMINVSPFAVG - Laureate head right.
Rev: GENIOAVGVSTI Exe: *Γ/SMN - Genius standing left, pouring contents of patera in lit altar and cornucopia.


RIC 77 AE Follis Obv: IMPCGALVALMAXIMINVSPFAVG - Laureate head right.
Rev: HERCVLIVICTORI Exe: Δ/SMH(officina) - Hercules standing front, head turned right, leaning on club and lion skin with left arm.


RIC 142 AE Follis Obv: IMPCGALVALMAXIMINVSPFAVG - Laureate head right.
Rev: SOLIINVINCTO Exe: I/ANT - Sol rides quadriga to left.


RIC 164b AE Follis Obv: IMPCGALVALMAXIMINVSPFAVG; Laureate head right.
Rev: GENIOAVGVSTI Exe: */S/ANT - Genius standing left, holding head of Sol and cornucopia. Lot sold for $14 1/2/02.