MAXIMINUS I, THRAX SESTERTIUS

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  1. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ...at 1st glance at this coin there is no mistaken of who it is(all signs he suffered gigantism or acromegaly), although his earlier coins depict him looking much like his predecessor, Severus Alexander. His is the quintessential Cinderella like story in his rise to becoming Roman emperor, but one without a fairytale ending for he did not live happily everafter and would be killed in less than 3 years, with his severed head toted on a pole. He is noted to be the 1st emperor in that time known as the crisis of the 3rd century(but that started earlier) and the year of the 6 emperors in 238 CE.

    POST YOUR COINS AND COMMENTS PEEPS!:) Maximinus l THRAX 002.JPG Maximinus l THRAX 001.JPG Maximinus l, Thrax , 235-238 CE MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM bust(l,d&c) right obverse/ VICTORIA GERMANICA, winged victory left holding wreath & palm, seated captive below. 29-30mm, 19.05gms. Rome mint, RIC 90, BMC 191
     
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  3. Sallent

    Sallent Supporter! Supporter

    Here is my Maximinus Thrax.....

    Maximinus Thrax denarii.jpg

    Yes, that's not Alexander Severus at all, but rather probably a die in which an engraver had carved Alexander Severus, only to be told he was dead and Maximinus Thrax was emperor. So what did he do? Alexander Severus' features were slightly modified to make it look like an older man.
     
  4. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Nice! I like that reverse type. Here's one with similar acromegalic features. This petition to Salus didn't help him, though:

    Maximinus Salus Sestertius.jpg
    Maximinus I, AD 235-238.
    Roman Æ Sestertius, 26.7 mm, 18.01 gm.
    Rome, AD 236-238.
    Obv: MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust, right.
    Rev: SALVS AVGVSTI SC, Salus enthroned left, feeding snake arising from altar.
    Refs: RIC-85; BMCRE-175, Sear-8338; Cohen-92.
     
  5. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    you find that on most all 1st coins of new emperors. i like those too!
     
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  6. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    very nice RC.:)
     
  7. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    That's a great coin ominus1, nice details and nice size, I only have one of his and the portraits a bit average. 2015-01-07 01.07.48-1.jpg
    Thrace Anchialus Maximinus.
     
  8. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

  9. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    What better way to celebrate the year of the 6 Augusti than with a coin proclaiming "the peace of the Augustus"?
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    Bronze Sestertius
    Rome mint, A.D. 236-238
    Obv: MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM
    Rev: PAX AVGVSTI - Pax, standing left, holding branch and traverse scepter between S and C
    RIC 81
    29mm, 15.9g
     
  10. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter in hoc signo vinces

    Here's a denarius of the big guy...FIDES MILITVM. Well, ultimately he was killed by his soldiers after the failed siege of Aquileia and defeat at the hands of Pupienus. So I guess they weren't all that loyal. From a Frank Robinson auction...

    maxthrax1.jpg

    maxthrax2.jpg
     
  11. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    There shall be no Maximinus thread without commemorating his "VICTORIA GERMANICA :)

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    MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM - laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximinus right
    VICTORIA GERMANICA - Maximinus, in military attire, standing left, his right hand raised, holding spear in left, German captive seated left at his feet, looking back, emperor crowned by Victory standing left behind him, also holding palm.
    Sestertius, Rome 236-238 AD
    32,34 mm / 21,64 gr
    RIC 93; BMCRE 198 and pl. 40; Cohen 114; MIR 26-5
     
  12. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    I came across this picture on Twitter some time ago, but have no idea where it's from.

    00 Maximinus Thrax Head on Pike DjRVqzGW0AIR6fh.jpg

    A paragraph from this webpage seems to describe the one on the right:

    "At the British Museum’s ‘Defacing the Past: damnation and desecration in Imperial Rome’, visitors can see a number of defaced coins, including a brass sestertius issued during Maximinus’s rule that was later reworked to depict his brutal death. A pole has been carved out of the coin’s original surface just below Maximinus’s head, his eyes are pecked by a bird with a razor-sharp beak, and a worm wriggles out of the back of his skull. On the reverse, another head on a pole has been fashioned out of what was previously a representation of Victory."

    Both are tooled coins I'd be happy to own. :shame:
     
  13. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    wow! those are neat zumbly.
     
  14. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES! Supporter

    Here's my sub-5 buck bargain bin Max Thrax!

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    MAXIMINUS I, As, (Æ 25) 235-238 AD
    O: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG Bust laureate , draped and cuirassed, R: VICTO -RI -A AVG / S | C Victoria ( Victory ) walking right, holding a wreath in her right hand and a palm of the left hand, Rome mint, RIC 69, 25 mm 10.6 g
     
  15. Bart9349

    Bart9349 Junior Member

    Rome's "Third Century of Crisis" is always a fun and challenging area for review. Thank you.

    Here is my contribution to this thread: the ill-fated son of Maximinus Thrax called Maximus (AD 217/220 – May 238).

    TETMaximus.jpg

    TETMaximusr.jpg
    (Not my pictures, only my visitor.)
     
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2018 at 12:13 AM
  16. R*L

    R*L Active Member

    A rough denarius. Is it just the lighting or has the engraver captured a wistful glint in Mr Thrax's eye?

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    Maximinus I, Thrax, 235-238 AD. Rome, 235 AD. 22mm., 2.76g.
    IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG. Bust of Maximinus I, laureate, draped, cuirassed, right / P M TR P P P. Maximinus Thrax, in military attire, standing left between two standard, raising right hand and leaning to left on spear held in left hand. RIC IV Maximinus Thrax 1 (denarius)
     
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  18. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Nice capture @ominus1

    My family portrait :

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    Maximinus, Denarius - Rome mint AD 236
    IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, Laureate and draped bust of Maximinus right
    PAX AVGVSTI, Pax standing left, holding an olive tree branch
    3.33 gr
    Ref : Cohen #31, RCV #8310


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    Paulina, Denarius - Rome mint AD 236
    DIVA PAULINA, Veiled and draped bust of Paulina right
    CONSECRATIO, Paulina on peacock flying
    3.3 gr
    Ref : RCV #8400, Cohen #2


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    Maximus, Sestertius - Rome mint AD 236-238
    MAXIMVS CAES GERM, Draped bust of Maximus right
    PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS, Maximus standing left with two standards behind him, SC in field
    18.64 gr
    Ref : RCV #8411, Cohen #14

    Q
     
  19. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    That's quite a chin on Paulina, too!
     
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