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Maxentius, February 307 - 28 October 312 A.D.

Maxentius was the son of Maximianus, and a talented soldier. On 28 October 306 A.D., in rebellion against Severus II, the Italians and Praetorian Guard raised Maxentius to the rank of Caesar. He quickly invited his father, who had been forced to abdicate, to resume rule. Although declared a public enemy at the famed Conference of Carnutum, Maxentius remained in control of Italy until 312 A.D. At the famous Battle of Milvian Bridge he fell from the bridge and drowned in the Tiber. His demoralized army was defeated by Constantine I.


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Maxentius assumed power in a rebellion against Severus II, who had removed the tax exemptions enjoyed by residents of the city of Rome. The legend CONSERVATORES VRB SVAE declares Maxentius is the Savior of the City, protecting its customs and privileges. He invited his father, Maximinian, who had abdicated, to resume rule. Although declared a public enemy at the Conference of Carnutum, he ruled Italy until at the Battle of Milvian Bridge, when he fell and drowned in the Tiber. His army was defeated by Constantine.
RB71449. Billon follis, RIC VI Rome 258, SRCV IV -, VF, nice green patina, mintmark not fully struck, weight 5.646 g, maximum diameter 25.7 mm, die axis 0co, 1st officina, Rome mint, 310 - 311 A.D.; obverse IMP C MAXENTIVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse CONSERV VRB SVAE, Roma seated facing in hexastyle temple, head left, globe in right hand, scepter in left, shield at side behind, knobs as acroteria, wreath on pediment, H left, REP in exergue; $120.00 (€105.60)
 




  



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