Nerosmyfavorite68 Posted February 10 · Member Share Posted February 10 (edited) The Totalus Rankium episode of Maximianus inspired me to buy my first Maximianus since 2011 (and before that, the 1990's). Trawling around vcoins I found this fairly interesting bust. The coins is pretty true to the photograph; the surfaces are rusty beneath the silvering. MAXIMIANUS AE silvered antoninianus. Lugdunum mint, first reign, 290-291 AD. IMP MAXIMIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust of Maximian to left, holding spear and shield. Rev. SALVS AVGG, C in exergue, Salus standing right, feeding serpent from patera. Bastien 413. Cohen 519. RIC 422. 23mm. Ex: Incitatus Coins. I had the choice of buying two excellent, but non-descript silvered Maximianus Ants, or the unusual one. I went for the out of the ordinary one. I also threw in this fairly decrepit coin as a stocking stuffer. What intrigued me about it was actually the verdigris. There were a bunch of Maxentius-era folles, and most looked like they had been stuck together. Note the coin-shaped verdigris on the obverse. Maximianus (306-308) - AE Follis - RIC 294b 26mm., 6.7g. Ticinum. Even though I only have a small handful, the coins of Maxentius are my favorite of the tetrarchy era. I need to get around to picking up a truly excellent Maxentius. The Antoninianus bust hearkens back to the busts of Probus, albeit in a simplified form. It looked like they were lazy about engraving the neck. Question: why didn't more emperors have elaborate busts? Isn't there also a consular Antoninianus of Maximianus? Feel free to post non-typical busts of Maximianus or the tetrarchy. I do remember a day during the 1990's when I was intending to buy an excellent silvered, helmeted tetrarchal follis from Jon Subak. I think it was Maximinus Daia? I'll have to dig around to see if I did purchase it. Turnaround time from Incitatus coins was quite excellent. I'll have to ask him to ditch the Tuck tape (Canadian version of gorilla tape?). After much bellowing, I managed to extricate the coins from the wretched red tape, having to leave the flips entombed. I did, however, like the construction paper. The heavy construction paper acted like those stick-together cardboard mailers, only it was easier to open. This is the bust (from Wikipedia) which they attribute to Maximianus. While better than the average bust of the Tetrarchy, they did rather mess up the nose (unless that was some war wound?). The eyes also seem kind of crooked. Maximianus also reminded me of the Gladiator soundtrack. It had been years since I listened to it, and had quite a bit of trouble finding the tracks which I enjoyed ("The Battle", "The Might of Rome"), since I had conflated it with the Rome soundtrack. Hans Zimmer does masterfully convey the impression of an advancing Roman army. Edited February 10 by Nerosmyfavorite68 22 1 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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