New Maximinus Thrax

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  1. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Redditor Lucis Aeternae

    For some reason, I had never picked up a coin of Maximinus until last week, so here it is. Maximinus' story is quite interesting. According to one account, he, a shepherd, one day came across a marching roman army during the reign of Septimius Severus. Somehow, he attracted the attention of Severus who offered to enroll the young man in the army if he could defeat the strongest soldier in a wrestling match.

    He was victorious and was inducted into the army. He spent twenty years rising through the ranks until he was promoted by Severus Alexander to the command of a legion. This proved to be an unfortunate choice for the young emperor as Maximinus' troops revolted over a plan of Alexander's to pay off barbarians instead of confronting them on the field of battle.

    During the revolt, both Alexander and his mother Julia Mamea were killed. Maximinus was hailed as emperor by his legion and the Praetorian guard. The Senate was forced to accept him as emperor, even though he was of very low birth.

    After only three years, he himself was overthrown in revolts led by the Gordians in Africa and the Senate, who appointed Balbinus and Pupienus, two aged senators, as emperors in Rome. While besieging Aquilea, which was controlled by the Senatorial emperors, his troops became disaffected and decided to kill him, which they did in 238.

    Recent archaeological work beginning in 2008 has shown that Maximinus had campaigned in the far north of Germany beyond the Rhine, winning an important victory over the Germans at the Battle of Harzhorn, either during his reign or in the reign of Severus Alexander.

    Maximinus was supposedly of great size and strength, with one account stating that he stood 8' 6". Modern medicine has suggested that he suffered from acromegaly.

    Anyway, here is the coin.

    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

    Condition: VF+, originally priced at $225, but purchased at a significant discount


    Feel free to post any Maximinus' coins here
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  3. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    nice coin ACH! I've yet to get one of him..
  4. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES! Supporter

    Nice lookin' new coins, sweet little flow lines as well.

    I only have this rough as


    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
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  5. hoth2

    hoth2 Well-Known Member

    Methinks the end of your post solves the mystery at the beginning of your post.
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  6. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Redditor Lucis Aeternae

    He would have been a great center in basketball! ;)
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2018
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  7. Alegandron

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

    Great write up and coin @ancient coin hunter !

    Was yours an FSR103?

    My MaxThrax SON of Mongo Man!
    RI Maximus Thrax Junior Caesar - son of Max THrax 236-238 AE Sestertius Rome mint priestly emblems

    And, of course the 15 foot giant himself:
    RI Maximinus Thrax 235-238 CE AR Denarius Victory stndg.jpg
    RI Maximinus Thrax 235-238 CE AR Denarius Victory stndg
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  8. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Great denarius, excellent detail and good weight for that era.
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  9. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Redditor Lucis Aeternae

    Yes @Alegandron - it's from FSR 103. I'm afraid this is yet another "Hey, look what I got!" post. But I've tried to add a bit of history gleaned from Herodian and the unreliable Historia Augusta.
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  10. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Maximinus , such a great guy :)


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  11. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Here's a sestertius with a real acromegalic portrait:

    Maximinus Salus Sestertius.jpg
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  12. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Nice example! mxns1232.jpg
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  13. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    Bronze Sestertius
    Rome mint, A.D. 236-238
    Rev: PAX AVGVSTI - Pax, standing left, holding branch and traverse scepter between S and C
    RIC 81
    29mm, 15.9g.
  14. gogili1977

    gogili1977 Well-Known Member

    Nice denarius. One of mine:
    Maximinus I 'Thrax'. A.D. 235-238. AR denarius. Rome, A.D. 235/6. IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximinus I right / PAX AVGVSTI, Pax standing facing, head left, holding branch and scepter. RIC 12
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  15. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Sharp Max Thrax! Better than my old one from a decade ago.


    "The man, the legend, the chin"
  16. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  17. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Redditor Lucis Aeternae

    Great examples all. I wonder if the VICTORIA GERM type that @lordmarcovan posted is celebrating the Harzhorn victory, in which the Romans, utilizing superior weaponry including scorpions and other arrow throwing machines, were victorious.

    Herodian writes that the emperor had paintings of the battle scenes hung around the forum to commemorate his success.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2018
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  18. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing

    Great and thought provoking post!

    His drawing attention and beating the strongest soldier seems like modern day wrestling. Would've been quite the spectacle And there are certainly wrestlers that had was is suspected he assisted from.

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  19. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Redditor Lucis Aeternae

    One has to wonder how much is true and how much is hyperbole with the historical accounts of Maximinus. Clearly, he was hated by the senatorial class.
  20. Roma

    Roma Member

    what is interesting of this coin is the broken die used to mint it.
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  21. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Redditor Lucis Aeternae

    Welcome to cointalk @Roma !
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