MAXIMVS CAES GERM – bare-headed and draped bust of Maximus right PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS – Maximus, in military attire, standing left, holding baton and spear, two standards set in ground to right Sestertius, Rome September 236- April 238 31 mm / 20,36 gr RIC 13, Cohen 14, BMCR 213, Sear 8411, Banti 6 (207 specimens) ex Jean Elsen fixed price list , January-March 2019, Nr.140 Caius Iulius Verus Maximus was born ca 215 ad as the son of future emperor Maximinus Thrax and his wife Caecilia Paulina. He reportedly lived in Rome during the rise of his father was engaged to a young lady named Iunia Fadilla, a descendant of Antoninus Pius. The wedding however never took place as Maximus was ordered to the German frontier to accompany his father on his military campaigns after the Thracian Giant´s succesful coup against Severus Alexander. Maximus was raised to the rank of Caesar between 07 January and 16 May 236 and the roman mint began striking coins in his name, with his first emission bearing the obverse legend (C) IVL VERVS MAXIMVS CAES. The PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS type as seen on my new Sestertius was by far the more common of the two principal reverse types of Maximus, as it is featured on 80 % of his Sestertii (as attested by 236 of the 302 Sestertii recorded by Banti in I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali and 66 of the 80 Sestertii of Maximus found in the Guelma Hoard in Algeria). Maximus´ only other reverse type from the mint of Rome, PIETAS AVG, shows the emblems of the priestly colleges he was to be patron of, as seen here on my other Maximus Sestertius: C IUL VERVS MAXIMVS CAES – bare-headed and draped bust of Maximus right PIETAS AVG S C - Lituus, secespita (knife), patera, guttus (jug), simpulum, aspergillum (sprinkler) Rome, January-September 236 RIC 6, BMCRE 119, Cohen 5, Sear 84082, Banti 1 (21 specimens) The relative rarity of Sestertii of both reverse types featuring this early obverse legend (51 out of 302 in Banti, 7 out of 80 at Guelma) indicates the relative brevity of their time of issue. This can be explained by the fact that when Maximunus Thrax received the honorary title of GERMANICUS after his victorious campaign into Germania Magna up to the Elbe river and the battle at the Harzhorn, this title was also bestowed on the Caesar Maximus and the prince´s obverse legend accordingly changed into MAXIMVS CAES GERM as seen on my new Sestertius, in September 236. We see Victoria crowning the victorious Maximinus Germanicus on this specimen: MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM – Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximinus I facing right VICTORIA GERMANICA, S C in exergue – Maximinus, in military attire, standing facing, head left, raising his right hand, holding spear in left, bound German captive seated at his feet, crowned by Victory standing left behind him, holding a laurel wreath in her right hand and a palm branch in her left Sestertius, Rome September 236 - April 238 21,65gr / 31 mm RIC 93, BMCRE 198, Cohen 114, MIR 26-5 Maximus´ PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS type was struck at Rome until news of the African revolt of the Gordiani reached the capital in April 238 and the Maximini were declared enemies of the state. From the rather mature facial features on the OP coin (there are also some reverses that show him child-like in comparison) I would assume that my specimen is a late example from Maximinus´ 5th or 6th emission of 237/238. Maximus was never to see Rome again. When he returned to Italy with his father´s army in early of 238, he was murdered in the imperial tent outside Aquileia. The only part of him that returned to the capital was his head. Please show your coins of Maximus!