Maximinus II, Caesar 305-310 and Augustus 310-313. (Some say 309-313). 23-20 mm. 4.68 grams. IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS PF AVG, head right with laurel wreath. Maximinus II as Augustus. GENIO AVGVSTI Genius with patera, cornucopia and a modius. Є in field. SMN = SACRA MONETA NICOMEDIA Mint: Nicomedia (Izmit Turkey) RIC VI Nicomedia 71b "c. 312, earlier". Not only does the coin have little wear and lots of silvering, the dies were fresh so the details are in bold relief. It's a "crispy critter"! Maximinus II was Galerius's nephew and was appointed Caesar of the Eastern Empire in 305 AD upon the retirements of Diocletian and Maximian. When too there were too many claimants to western rule in 308, Galerius called the "Conference at Carnuntum" and appointed a new man, Licinius, to be western Augustus even though Maximinus had been eastern Caesar for 3 years already and Constantine was western Caesar already. Constantine and Maximinus felt they had seniority and should have become the new Augustus instead of Licinius. By the way, Licinius never made it to the west, but originally had territory in the middle. Galerius took ill and died in 311 at which time Maximinus II took his eastern territory while Licinius remained in the middle. Licinius defeated Maximinus II in 313 and inherited the east. The above coin was struck after Maximinus II took the territory of Galerius (which included Nicomedia) in 311 and before Licinius took it from Maximinus II in 313. In this issue Nicomedia also minted in the names of Constantine and Licinius. Here is the same issue in the name of Licinius. Licinus, 308-324. 21 mm. IMP C VAL LICIN LICINIVS PF AVG. as above, but with Δ in the right field. RIC VI Nicomedia 71a, "c. 312, earlier" The second coin does not qualify as a "crispy critter"--although it has little wear it has too much corrosion. Show us some coins of Maximinus or some crispy critters!