Featured Maximinus Thrax

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  1. AncientJoe

    AncientJoe Well-Known Member

    Thanks, I've clarified my post: it is indeed minted for his son, attributed as:

    Maximinus I. Thrax, 235-238. - for Maximus. Æ Sesterce, 236/238, Rome; 18.96 g. Draped bust r .; in field l. Gonzaga family collector's mark: eagle vv, silver-plated // Maximus as Prince stands l. with staff and spear, behind it two standards. BMC 213; Coh. 14; RIC 13

    (also Ex. HC Levis Collection, Ars Classica Auction 11 lot 831, June 18, 1925)
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  3. Herodotus

    Herodotus Well-Known Member

    Do you happen to know that the inlay is on the coin? Eagle? Phoenix?

    Is it another coin? It appears to be a Greek fractional.
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  4. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    My only Maximinus, with as you could probably guess has a building on it. 2015-01-07 01.07.48-1.jpg
    Maximinus, Thrace Anchialus, 27mm, 12 gm, AMNG 11 592.
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  5. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    Very enjoyable thread!......Some stunning coins shown especially the big bronzes!
    MAX THRAX.jpg
    Maximinus I Denarius. AD 235-238...3.18gr
    Obverse..IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, draped bust right.
    Reverse..FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left, a standard in each hand.
    RIC 7A Minted AD 235-236
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  6. Limes

    Limes Well-Known Member

    Nice @Justin Lee. Here's mine, acquired this year:

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  7. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Well-Known Member

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  8. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    Here's a denarius - FIDES MILITVM.

    Maximinus I Thrax, 235-238 A.D.

    AR Denarius. 19mm, 3.7 grams

    Diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right

    Reverse: FIDES MILITVM
    Fides standing between two standards

    Reference: RIC 18A; Sear 8307



    Maximinus is an emperor who may have participated in battle in northern Germany during his reign.

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  9. ominus1

    ominus1 Supporter! Supporter

    ..he could grow on ya :p(and THAT was Apollo:vulcan:)..i just watched that one again the other nite..:)..(i watch a least one most every nite ^^)..my grade A large sest. of a grade A large emperor..(plus he was the only emperor never to have entered Rome)..heck, my coin's so big, it took me 10 tries to upload it...:D Maximinus l THRAX 003.JPG Maximinus l THRAX 004.JPG
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  10. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member

    This question brings up a matter of opinion. I am making an attempt to stop giving opinions here but it is a fact that some of us consider a coin in the name of Maximus as Caesar under Maximinus to be a coin of Maximinus issued for Maximus. Semantics. This gets a lot harder if you collect coins of the later periods where certain mints were under the control of one Augustus who issued coins in the name of the other Augusti and a pile of lesser persons. Keeping them straight requires me to spend time memorizing lists and updating them when someone writes a paper changing the attribution or assignment of a city for a period when it was taken over by another man. It is easier to catalog coins based on the name written on them but that runs into problems when we see periods like Plantagenet England (the Henry group) and the Parthians. There are few answers that solve all questions. I choose not to let such concerns ruin my enjoyment of the coins.
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  11. Gary R. Wilson


    I have a couple of Thrax's.


    Maximinus I Thrax (Augustus)
    Coin: Silver Denarius
    IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG - Laureate and draped bust right.
    PROVIDENTIA AVG - Providence standing left with cornucopiae & wand pointed at globe at foot.
    Mint: Rome (235-236 AD)
    Wt./Size/Axis: 3.06g / 21mm / 6h
    RIC 13
    RSC 77
    BMC 15
    Acquisition/Sale: Savoca Coins Internet 21st Blue Auction #1600 $0.00 06/19
    Notes: Jun 23, 19 - The Gary R. Wilson Collection.


    Maximinus I Thrax (Augustus)
    Coin: Brass Sestertius
    IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG - Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
    SALVS AVGVSTI - Salus seated left, feeding serpent rising from altar; SC in exergue.
    Exergue: SC

    Mint: Rome (235-236 AD)
    Wt./Size/Axis: 19.85g / 30mm / 12h
    RIC IV 64
    Cohen 88
    Acquisition/Sale: rzeczplita eBay $0.00 05/19
    Notes: May 5, 19 - The Gary R. Wilson Collection.
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  12. Voulgaroktonou

    Voulgaroktonou Well-Known Member

    That's a beautiful eagle, and quite a nice coin, too. My Nerva, on the other hand, would hardly be called a nice coin, but of course, I acquired it for the silver inlay. These have also been given to the d"Este family, and there is a web site devoted to them. You may already be aware of it, but if you are not: http://www.esteproject.it/en/ Gonzaga Nerva.jpg
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  13. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    More big bronzes of the Thracian´s family:
    Maximinus with what I find is his most iconic reverse type,
    Maximus Caesar as Princeps Iuventutis,
    and introducing Maximinus´ late wife Diva Paulina:

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    MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM - laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximinus right
    VICTORIA GERMANICA S C - 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 ca. September-December 236
    32,34 mm / 21,64 gr
    RIC VI 93; BMCRE 198 and pl. 40; Cohen 114; MIR 26-5; Sear 8342; Banti 33

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    MAXIMVS CAES GERM - bare-headed and draped bust of Maximus right
    PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS S C - Maximus, in military attire, standing left, holding rod pointing downwards in right hand and transverse spear in left, two standards behind.
    Sestertius, Rome September 236 – April 238 aD
    32,13 mm / 20,36 gr
    RIC IV 13; BMCRE 213; Cohen 14; MIR 37-5; Sear 8411; Banti 6

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    DIVA PAVLINA - Veiled and draped bust of Paulina right
    CONSECRATIO S C - Paulina, raising hand and holding scepter, seated l. on peacock flying upward upward to right.
    Sestertius, Rome ca. September-December 236.
    31,9 mm, 23.46 gr
    RIC IV 3 and plate XI (same dies); BMCRE 132; Cohen 3; MIR 38d-5; Sear 8401; Banti 1 (same dies)
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  14. AncientJoe

    AncientJoe Well-Known Member

    I was not aware of that website: a fantastic resource, thanks! And your Nerva has clearly seen a lot of love over the centuries and is still a wonderful coin with a lot of character.
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  15. Bing

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  16. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    Nice coins all!

    He's a historically fascinating man who minted beautiful, varied, and affordable coins. Collecting just one Max Thrax is like just eating a single potato chip - can't do it!

    Earliest portrait - a modified Severus Alexander bust
    Maximinus denarius salus early.jpg

    Liberalitas - the coin paid out to the soldiers who had murdered Severus Alexander and named him emperor, setting the stage for the Crisis
    Maximinus Thrax Liberalitas.jpg

    This is about the closest to an FDC coin I own - lustrous like it was minted last week
    Maximinus thrax victoria avg.jpg

    Full acromegaly portrait
    Maximinus Pax.jpg

    A sestertius minted for TR P IIII - the first couple of months in 238 before Rome declared loyalty to the Gordians
    Maximinus Thrax sestertius TR P IIII COS PP.jpg
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  17. NewStyleKing

    NewStyleKing Beware of Greeks bearing wreaths

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  18. Voulgaroktonou

    Voulgaroktonou Well-Known Member

    Thanks for your kind words, Ancient Joe. I'm glad you like the site. It has a decent bibliography. It would certainly be harder to find a coin with a recognizable provenance than ours. Many years ago, I bought from a local coin shop 4-5 Roman coins with late 18th/early 19th century collector labels. The coins were pleasant, but hardly choice, specimens. But the labels were all written in Latin, save for a Paduan type medallion of Septimius Severus, that had also the single German word "falsch" on it. The labels were square pieces of paper and were folded over each coin, making, as it were, a coin envelope. As I say, I only bought them for their labels, and for the fact that I was charged $3 per coin.
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  19. Co1ns

    Co1ns Active Member

    What a stunning coin. Trying to unsee it after looking at prices for much shabbier specimens.
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  20. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member

    The site is also new to me. I had no idea that there were so many non-Roman coins bearing the eagle mark.
  21. Voulgaroktonou

    Voulgaroktonou Well-Known Member

    The effect of the eagle mark on the Byzantine gold is downright ugly.
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