Maximus, son of Maximinus Thrax

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Valentinian, Jun 10, 2021.

  1. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    We just had a wonderful thread on Maximinus Thrax, the giant.
    This coin of his son arrived today and rather than bury it at the end of that thread, I am starting a new one:

    Maximus, 235-238
    Denarius. 21-19 mm. 2.59 grams.
    PRINC IVVENTVTIS (Prince of youth)
    Bare-headed bust right
    MAXIMVS CAES GERM, which tells us it is after the German victories of Maximinus
    RIC 3. "early A.D. 236 -- March-April 238"
    BMC (which is more recent and better for this reign than RIC) 211 (under Maximinus) plate 40 "issue 3, late 236-237".

    That photo was taken with my very old iPad. Here is the auction-house photo (Leu, web auction 16 , lot 3592):

    When I got the coin I was happy that the surface was not so "dry". I do not claim to be a good photographer of coins, but, in hand, the coin looks more like my photo with its slightly more metallic glint. Their photo was good, but with thousands of lots photographed for a single auction, some coins will be a bit better than their photos (and some worse).
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  3. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Maximus (235 - 238 A.D.)
    Egypt, Alexandria
    Billon Tetradrachm
    O: Γ IOVΛ OYHR MAZIMOC KAI, Bareheaded, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
    R: Draped bust of Selene right; crescent moon before; L Γ (date) behind. Dated RY 3 of Maximinus I (AD 236/237).
    Milne 3226; Berlin 18208491, Athens 3931; Mathies 60. Emmett 3333.3 (R3).

    Ex. Pegasi Numismatics - Auction 42, lot 378, May 19, 2020

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  4. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Nice ones

    My sestertius of his


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  5. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Another but with problems that allowed the purchase:
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  6. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

    Sorry guys, but I'm the winner for the ugliest Maximus; for 40 $, can I ask more ? Jérome Mairat determined three types of portraits of this young Caesar :Type A: consular portrait; Type B: military portrait; Type C: triumphant portrait. The portrait of Maximus seems to follow the evolution of that of his father, with a face with regular features (type B), then, from the third issue, a “triumphal” type C portrait, characterized by a strong jaw. The "baton" he holds on this reverse symbolizes the destiny of the Empire.

    Maximus Sestertius
    Rome 29mm 19.65g
    Maximus holding baton & spear
    RIC 13
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  7. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    I have noticed that many of these sestertii -- such as @dougsmit's example above and @octavius' example here -- have red encrustations on them. Mine, too. I wonder if they are all from the same hoard.

    Maximus PRINCIPI IVVENTVTVS S C sestertius.jpg
    Maximus, Caesar AD 235/6-238.
    Roman orichalcum sestertius, 21.54 g, 31.5 mm, 12 h.
    Rome, 3rd emission, late AD 236-237.
    Obv: MAXIMVS CAES GERM, bare-headed and draped bust, right.
    Rev: PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS S C, Maximus standing left in military dress, holding baton in right hand and transverse spear in left hand; behind him, two standards.
    Refs: RIC 13; BMCRE 213-17; Cohen 14; RCV 8411; MIR 37-5; Banti 6.
  8. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    maximus denarius.jpg

    You are a LOT better than Frank Robinson. But I think both of you could benefit from investing in a decent camera. ;)
  9. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Maximus Maximinus Thrax JUNIOR
    CE 235-238
    AE Sestertius
    Rome mint
    priestly emblems
  10. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  11. DonnaML

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    Maximus Caesar (son of Maximinus I) AR Denarius, 235-38 AD. Obv. Draped bust right, IVL VERVS MAXIMVS CAES / Rev. Sacrificial implements: lituus [curved augural staff], knife, jug, simpulum [ladle] & sprinkler, PIETAS AVG. RIC IV-2 1, RSC III 1, Sear RCV III 8404, BMCRE 118. 19 mm., 1.7 g.

    Speaking of Frank Robinson's photos, here's yet another one I need to redo one of these days:

    Detail Maximus AR denarius, PIETA AVG (2).jpg
  12. Tejas

    Tejas Well-Known Member

    The coin at the start of the threat is great. It was on my watch list for this auction and I’m glad I did not bid. I still have to get a Maximus of this quality.
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  13. gsimonel

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    Rome mint, A.D. 236-238
    Rev: PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS - Maximus, standing left, holding baton and transverse scepter, with 2 standards behind him, between S and C
    RIC 13
    29mm, 19.2g.
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