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Maximianus 286-305 AD
Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maximianus Herculius, c. 250 – c. July 310 is commonly referred to as Maximian. He was Caesar from July 285 and Augustus from April 1, 286 to May 1, 305. With his great energy, firm aggressive character and disinclination to rebel, Maximian was an appealing candidate for imperial office. In July 285 at Mediolanum (Milan), Diocletian made him co-emperor to forcefully deal with the imperial provincial conflicts when Diocletian could not handle things politically. At the recommendation of Diocletian Maximian abdicated on May 1, 305 allowing Constantius Chorus to become Augustus. In late 306, Maximian reclaimed the title of Augustus and aided his son Maxentius’ rebellion in Italy. In 310 while the emperor Constantine was on campaign on the Rhine Maximian attempted to power. He failed and committed suicide. Obverse radiate, cuirassed, and draped Maximianus IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS AVG. Reverse standing Jupiter left, holding scepter, handing Victory on globe to Maximianus CONCORDIA MIL ITVM ε XXI.
Mint: Κyzicus
Provenance: Private acquisition *

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