Maximinus I Denarius, Polished or Not ?

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  1. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    I bought the common denarius pictured below many years ago at a coin show in Rochester, NY for the princely sum of $55.00. After showing it to a couple of collectors at the show they thought the coin had been polished :eek:. To calm my nerves I sent the coin to NGC for slabbing and it came back Ch AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, so it looks like I didn't get duped that time :D. The coin does have obvious die wear on both sides and striking weakness on the reverse, but the luster is original.

    Maximinus I, Thrax denarius (3).jpg Maximinus I, AD 236, denarius (2).jpg
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  3. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

    To me it also looks like original luster.

    And here's one I have:


  4. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Some of those silvers can look pretty dramatic. Yours is probably the best looking one in terms of luster i ever seen.

    almost looks proof like
  5. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Supporter! Supporter

    Nice specimens! :happy::singing:

    I once sent a coin with a SASE to Warsaw & got it back looked the same, I don't know why they object to the practice. I've done several more since then.

    (, kidding o_O! Well that changes everything! :confused:)

    Please disregard everything I stated after "Nice specimens". :D
  6. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Considering the general bad taste of the jokes known as 'Polish', I suppose this could be classed as one of the better ones of the class. People a bit younger than we are might not have caught that one.
  7. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    That is a spectacular looking denarius, Al.

    At the other end of the condition spectrum, here is a $4.99 ("buy it now") eBay sestertius with what I am pretty sure are original surfaces. Should I get it slabbed? (Just kidding). :happy:

    And yeah, I remember Polish jokes. They were all over fifth grade.

    Maximinus Thrax - Sest Fides Milt Jan 2020 (0).jpg

    Maximinus I Æ Sestertius
    (236-238 A.D.)
    Rome Mint

    [MAX]IMINVS PIVS AV[G GE]RM, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / F[IDE]S M[ILITV]M S-C, Fides draped standing left holding two standards.
    RIC 78; Cohen 13.
    (17.88 grams / 29 x 27 mm)
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  8. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ...purdy!...:)..heck, who don't like shiny things...i have a latest shiny one Valerian ll 002.JPG Valerian ll 003.JPG
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  9. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    With a name like Kowsky, I grew up hearing every Polish joke imaginable :smuggrin:, and some of them I laughed at too.
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  10. Al Kowsky

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    a.c.h.,That's a nice looking denarius :D, but a common one too :meh:. The denarii that have GERM in the inscription are more desirable :cool:.
  11. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

    Perhaps after the battle of the Harzhorn?
  12. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    a.c.h., That's probably the case :D! With coinage found at that site in Lower Saxony, historians are now convinced Maximinus I won that battle ;).
  13. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

    I did read in Herodian (I think) that Maximinus erected large tapestries of battle scenes in the capitol to celebrate the victory and to communicate what a tough guy he was. Cheaper than erecting a column or an arch of Maximinus. Anyway, he wasn't in power long enough to complete such an ambitious project.
  14. Al Kowsky

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    a.c.h., From what I've read, Maximinus was the 1st emperor never to set foot in the capital :jawdrop:! So the tapestry story must be contrived myth.
  15. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

    Could be a myth or something set up by one of his loyal deputies. There was some verbage about cowing the senators.

    Edit, here is the passage in Herodian...

    [7.2.8] This engagement and his own bravery Maximinus reported in dispatches to the Senate and Roman people; moreover, he ordered the scene to be painted on huge canvases to be set up in front of the Senate house, so that the Romans might not only hear about the battle but also be able to see what happened there. Later the Senate removed this picture together with the rest of his emblems of honor. Other battles took place in which Maximinus won praise for his personal participation, for fighting with his own hands, and for being in every conflict the best man on the field.
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  16. Al Kowsky

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    No doubt Maximinus was a great fighting soldier who liked to be part of the action :smuggrin:, & probably did order canvases of the battle to be displayed in the senate, but that's different than erecting them himself. Septimius Severus appointed him as a personal body guard for good reason :cool:.
  17. PlanoSteve

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    Doug, it had nothing to do with what you think it does. It was merely a play on words (upper case "P" & lower case "p") & differences in pronunciation...sheesh!

    Keep you mind out of the're usually a great poster here! :happy: Have a cup of coffee or whatever gives you enjoyment! ;)
  18. Jovian363

    Jovian363 Well-Known Member

    Here is another hoard coin of Maximinus Thrax: also quite lustrous in hand, with nice clear fields and with oval shape emphasizing emperor's acromegalic features. MaximinusSalusDen.jpg
  19. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    This one is nicely toned....Just how I like'em... But still shows some of the original luster in the fields....
    RIC 7A Minted AD 235-236
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  20. Roman Collector

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    Nice one, @Al Kowsky! Here's my latest Maximinus I denarius:

    Maximinus I, AD 235-238.
    Roman AR denarius, 3.13 g, 19.2 mm, 6 h.
    Rome, 2nd emission, AD 236.
    Obv: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust, right.
    Rev: PROVIDENTIA AVG, Providentia standing left, holding baton and cornucopiae; globe at feet.
    Refs: RIC 13; BMCRE 86-88; Cohen 77; RSC 77a; RCV 8315; MIR 11-3.
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  21. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ...ya know...i'm reading Max l and seeing Max Thrax...i'll have to incorporate the two mentally:confused:.....this one ain't shiney..but it is heavy....:smuggrin: Maximinus l THRAX 002.JPG Maximinus l THRAX 004.JPG Maximinus l Thrax sesterterius
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