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Up for auction is a roman Ae4 coin of emperor Magnus Maximus from between 383-388 AD

ID#118c

MINT: PCON (Arles)

OBVERSE; DN MAG MAXIMVS PF AVG
-Diademed bust right, draped and cuirassed.

REVERSE; SPES ROMANORVM
-Camp gate with two turrets and star above.


Magnus Maximus

383 - 388
It's uncertain exactly how Magnus Maximus came to power. At the time he was a general in Britain and whether by his own will or that of his troops he was hailed as emperor. Gratian moved quickly to put down the revolt and bring Maximus to justice but, his troops mutinied, switched sides and had Gratian executed instead. Maximus then sought to have his claim recognized throughout the rest of the empire and to this end he sent a delegation to the court of Theodosius. If not outright enthusiastic, Theodosius was at least initially cooperative and accepted Maximus. However, the situation changed when Maximus upset the balance of power by intending to appropriate Italy which was under the control of Valentinian II. Suddenly, Theodosius realized that Maximus was intent on becoming the sole ruler of the West and possibly the East as well. Theodosius then rescinded his recognition of Maximus and sent a large army against him. The two sides met roughly halfway between their courts and Maximus was defeated. Maximus was then captured and executed in Aquileia.


The coin will be shipped out from Auckland inside a 2x2 coin flip with information insert.

The shipping is $2.60 for this auction to anywhere in New Zealand.

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