Maximinus II VIRTVS from Ticinum...Mars wearing nothing but a smile

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  1. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    Actually wearing boots (barely visible), helmet and some sort of belt/ girdle; which he needs as he seems a little pudgy around the midsection for the god of war.


    Maximinus II
    A.D. 305- 306
    MAXIMINVS NOB CAESAR; laureate head right.
    VIRTVS AVGG ET CAESS NN; Mars nude except for helmet, boots and belt [?]; advancing right holding spear and trophy over left; • in left field.
    In ex. ST
    RIC VI Ticinum 58b

    Ray Stevens tribute to this coin--

    post your streaking gods...there are lots of them
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  3. Roman Collector

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    What an interesting reverse type, @Victor_Clark! No VIRTVS for me, just this common Genio Augusti from Antioch:

    Maximinus II Daia, AD 309-313, as Augustus.
    Roman Æ follis, 21.4 mm, 4.88 g, 12 h.
    Antioch, AD 312.
    Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG, laureate head, right.
    Rev: GENIO AVGVSTI, Genius standing left, modius on head, naked but for chlamys over left shoulder, holding head of Sol and cornucopiae; *|Z //ANT.
    Refs: RIC 164b; Cohen 21; RCV 14840.
  4. Orange Julius

    Orange Julius Well-Known Member

    Great coin, lots of detail in the right places! Haha. Here’s a similar reverse but showing Virtus I think with a VIRTVTI EXERCITVS legend.
    Licinius I - VIRTVTI EXERCITVS - Thessalonica RIC 37b
  5. Victor_Clark

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    Yours is the more proper type with cape flowing on either side. On mine it's like they didn't understand what the cape was and merely attached the ends to a belt...or maybe Mars is wearing the cape around his waist--

  6. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

    Only a poor Victorinus MARS VICTOR (in fact a not often seen type), but Mars is there with the spear, the trophy, the helmet and the boots...

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  7. Orange Julius

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    Haha, love the Jared Leto comparison. Reminds me of this from a few years ago where a classical statues were given a hipster makeover.

    As for this reverse imagery… here’s a similar look from Claudius II but here referred to as Mars rather than Virtus. I’ve read many posts over the years on the Virtus vs Mars comparisons but it still seems somewhat gray to me at times.
    Claudius II - VIRTVS AVG- Milan - RIC V-1 172
  8. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    Yes, your first coin that you posted is Mars also rather than Virtvs.

    Virtus would never run around without clothes, merely a bare she nevers streaks like Mars. :)
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  9. Orange Julius

    Orange Julius Well-Known Member

    …Also this reverse figure on the Claudius has a pretty sweet beard… so probably a giveaway not Virtus.
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  10. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Jupiter flaunting it on this Licinius from Siscia (beware of that eagle, Jupe!):

    Hercules isn't shy about his little guy on this GIII:

    Was Game of Thrones just making up for the Roman nudity gender imbalance? (Julia Domna/Venus, Alexandria mint):
    domna alexandria.jpg

    Apollo knows he's hot on this Faustina II from Plotinopolis:

    And Priapos always takes things too far! (Sep Sev, Nicopolis)
    sep sev priapos.jpg
  11. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    another Jupiter

    Lic Nic 24.JPG

    Licinius I
    A.D. 317-320
    18x20mm 3.8g
    IMP LICI-NIVS AVG; laureate and trabeate bust left holding mappa, orb & scepter.
    IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG; Jupiter standing left with Victory on a globe & sceptre, palm branch in left field, Γ in right.
    In ex. SMN
    RIC VII Nicomedia 24

    and Hercules

    Constantine I_ AD 307_310-337_ Æ Follis (21mm, 4_72 g, 6h)_ Rome mint.jpg

    Constantine I
    A.D. 312- 313
    21mm 4.7g
    IMP C CONSTANTINVS P F AVG; laureate and cuirassed bust right.
    HERCVLI VICTORI; Hercules standing right, leaning on club and holding Victory on globe and lion’s skin.
    In ex. R S
    RIC VI Rome 299
  12. gogili1977

    gogili1977 Well-Known Member

    Very nice example.
    I have this variant from Nicomedia:
    Maximinus II, 310-313. Follis (25 mm, 8.8 g), Nicomedia, GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB CAES Laureate head of Maximinus II to right. Rev. VIRTVTI EXERCITVS CMH / SMNΓ Virtus advancing right, holding spear in her right hand and shield and trophy in her left. RIC 60.
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  13. gsimonel

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    Augustus, A.D. 270-275
    Billon Antoninianus
    Cyzicus mint
    Rev: ORIENS AVG - Sol, standing left, raising right hand and holding globe in left; captive at feet
    XXL in exergue
    RIC 360
    22mm, 3.8g.

    Augustus, A.D. 260-269
    Silver Double Denarius
    Lugdunum mint
    Rev: NEPTVNO REDVCI - Nepture, standing, facing left, holding dolphin in right hand and trident in left; prow of ship at feet
    RIC 76
    23mm, 3.7g
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