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Great summary on this:
Maximinus as Augustus, Type Reduced AE Follis, 22mm 4.3 grams
Obverse: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS PF AVG, Laureate head right
Reverse: GENIO AVGVSTI, Genius standing left, modius on head, holding head of Serapis in right hand, naked but for chamlys over left shoulder, cornucopia in left hand, palm branch at feet
Reference: RIC VI 157b, p. 685
I have none that appeals to the narcissistic propaganda of the emperor who believes a deity resides in him.
However, here are a few that the deity is of the People...
RI Maximinus II Daia 305-308 CE Folles AE30 Trier mint GENIO POPV-LI Genius-Serapis stndg
RI Maximinus II Daia 305-308 CE AE20 GENIO POPVLI Genius stndg bust of Sol cornu star H RIC IV 164b
RI Severus II 306-307 CE AE18 GENIO POPVLI Quarter Folles Siscia mint
Galerius, A.D. 305-311.
Roman AE follis, 26.0 mm, 7.73 g, 12 h.
Heraclea mint, AD 310-311.
Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, laureate head right.
Rev: GENIO IMPERATORIS, Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopia; */HTE Refs: RIC 48a; RCV 14514; Cohen 48.
GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB CAES; laureate head right.
BONO GENIO PII IMPERATORIS (To the good genius of the pious Emperor) Genius standing left, holding patera & cornucopiae; crescent over K left, A over P right.
In ex. ALE
RIC VI Alexandria –
Nice coin! This is the closest I have... the same coin just with a star rather than a crescent.
Maximinus II - Antioch - RIC VI 133c
Maximinus II - Alexandria - RIC VI 139b
One comment: don't think of "Genius" the way we do today. It didn't really have anything to do with intelligence. Back then the Genius was thought of as a sort of guardian angel or spirit.
I have noticed this, too. And many of these coins from Antioch, and to a lesser extent, Alexandria, are still in outstanding states of preservation. My guess is that many were pulled from circulation and hoarded because of the reduction in size of the nummi shortly after they were issued. Here's my GENIO AVGVSTI example from Antioch:
Maximinus II ("Daia")
Antioch mint, A.D. 312
Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG
Rev: GENIO AVGVSTI - Genius, modius on head, naked but for chlamys hanging from shoulder, holding head of Sol and cornucopiae
ANT in exergue; ✳ in left field, S in right
Nice example @gsimonel - appears to have full silvering!
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