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

Maxentius was the son of Maximinianus, and a talented soldier. He was raised to the rank of Caesar on 28 October 306 A.D., by the Italians and Praetorian Guard in rebellion against Severus II. 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.


Click for a larger photo This coin refers to the good fortune provided by Carthage to the emperors. When the Nile floods were deficient and Egypt suffered scarcity, Roman ships importing wheat steered for Carthage, from which they brought back a sufficient supply to the eternal city. RB64550. Bronze follis, RIC VI Carthage 51a, Cohen VII 103, SRCV IV 14944, VF, well centered on a full flan, weight 10.839 g, maximum diameter 29.1 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, as caesar, late 306 A.D.; obverse M AVR MAXENTIVS NOB CAES, laureate head right; reverse SALVIS AVGG ET CAES FEL KART, Carthage standing facing, head left, holding up fruits in both hands, H left, ∆ in exergue; very scarce; SOLD




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