Maximinus & Maximus (19th March AD 235 - May/June AD 238)

Surely the largest man ever to hold imperial office. The Historia Augusta recorded his height at 8 ft 6 (2.6 metres); and so strong he could pull an ox cart on his own. Extraordinarily brave and physically overwhelming, he made the ideal soldier. Legendary physical prowess had him rise up the military ladder. By AD 232 he might have commanded a legion based in Egypt; and he played a leading role in the campaign against the Parthians by Alexander Severus. In AD 235 he was on the Rhine in command of a force of recruits from Pannonia. The army revolted, killed Alexander Severus and his mother Julia Mamaea, and proclaimed the giant Maximinus emperor. After much political crisis, the senate, which had clearly supported the Gordians and which was determined to rid itself from the common soldier on the throne now pronounced no fewer than two new emperors, Pupienus and Balbinus, with the young Gordian III as Caesar. On 10 May AD 238 some of the troops, most of all those whose families were in territory held by the enemy (the Praetorians and the Legio II 'Parthica'), rose in revolt and killed Maximinus and his son Maximus. Their heads were severed and carried to Rome by a group of cavalrymen.

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Maximus 'Sacrificial Implements' AE As 027955

Maximus 'Sacrificial Implements' AE As
Bronze, 10.35 grams, 24.97 mm. Rome. AD 236-238. Obverse: MAXIMVS CAES GERM, draped bust right. Reverse: PIETAS AVG, lituus, knife, patera, vase, simpulum and sprinkler, SC in ex. RIC 12; Sear 8413. Fine/near very fine. Accompanied by an old collection ticket.

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Maximus 'Sacrificial Implements' AE As 027955
Maximinus I 'Providentia' Sestertius 027874

Maximinus I 'Providentia' Sestertius
Bronze, 17.72 grams, 28.80 mm. Rome. AD 235-236. Obverse: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, draped bust right. Reverse: PROVIDENTIA AVG S-C, Providentia standing left, holding wand over globe at foot and cornucopiae. RIC 61; Cohen 80; Sear 8337. Very fine. Accompanied by an old collection ticket. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£90.00

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Maximinus I 'Providentia' Sestertius 027874
Maximinus I 'Providentia' Denarius 025921

Maximinus I 'Providentia' Denarius
Silver, 3.04 grams, 18.14 mm. Rome. 235-236 AD. Obverse: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, draped bust right. Reverse: PROVIDENTIA AVG, Providence standing left, holding cornucopiae and wand, pointing at a globe at foot. RIC 13; RSC 77A; Sear 8315. Extremely fine/good very fine.
£80.00

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Maximinus I 'Providentia' Denarius 025921


Main Roman Coin Book and Other References:

RIC = Mattingly, Harold    The Roman Imperial Coinage
BMC = Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum
RSC = Seaby, H A    Roman Silver Coinage
RCV = Sear, David R    Roman Coins and Their Values
Cr = Crawford, Michael    The Roman Republican Coinage
SB = Sear, David R    Byzantine Coins and Their Values
S = Coins of England and the United Kingdom
WW = Wildwinds.com (reference & attribution site)



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