Maximinus II and Valens campgates

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  1. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    here are two new additions to my collection

    Maximinus II.jpg

    Maximinus II
    A.D. 308
    26mm 6.1g
    GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB CAES; laureate head right.
    VIRTVS MILITVM; camp-gate with portcullis surmounted by four turrets.
    In ex. MKΓ
    RIC VI Cyzicus 40

    Valens campgate.jpg

    A.D. 364- 378
    22mm 4.4g
    D N VALEN-S P F AVG; pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
    GLORI-A ROMA-NORVM; campgate with two turrets, no doors; S above.
    in ex. SMTR
    RIC IX Trier 29b
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  3. Romancollector

    Romancollector Well-Known Member

    Wonderful additions!

    Campgates on large AEs seem to be very rare compared to smaller AEs.

    I especially like the Maximinus II....that is a fancy follis! Is it from 114? I remember seeing it in a CNG auction not too long ago.
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  4. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    Yes, it was in the January 2020 Triton auction, but I won it in the recent Roma.
  5. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Those are both wonderful new additions, Victor. I honestly never seen camp gates on that large before.
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  6. seth77

    seth77 Well-Known Member

    The Valens piece is absolutely extraordinary and had to be minted for some particular event -- possibly the defeat of Procopius?
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  7. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Nice campgates. Love the Maximinus
  8. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Khnum-Hotep

    The Maximinus piece is outstanding Victor. Thanks for showing it to us.
  9. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Well-Known Member

    I love that Maximinus - wow..
    If that was the reverse on a medieval coin I would call that design over the door a portcullis. Amazing coin all around.
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  10. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    that's exactly what I called it. :)
  11. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Well-Known Member

    Yes.. sorry I see that now... I was kind of enchanted by the coin and didn't read your

    Can you please give your opinion as to what is actually pictured? "Camp Gates" I know is used as a general term for these types but doesn't make a lot of sense to many..
    Last edited: May 30, 2020
  12. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    there is always a chance, but it seems more likely it was minted as a special "medallete" marking the occasion of Gratian being raised to emperor. The mintmark SMTR was employed for gold coins circa 377- 379. Procopius just wasn't a big deal in the West and one gold coin from this period with SMTR was even struck for Gratian as PRICIPIVM IVVENTVTVTIS. There is still a lot of propaganda with standard types being issued, like the reverse of this type GLORIA ROMANORVM which seems to merely reinfoce the standard mesage of Glory of the Romans, but with the addition of the new Emperor Gratian.
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  13. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    I love that type of Maximinus 11 campgate with the door half raised, perfect toning.
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