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Maximinus I Thrax, 20 March 235 - Late May 238 A.D., Thessalonica, Macedonia
Thessalonica was founded around 315 B.C. by Cassander, King of Macedonia, on or near the site of the ancient town of Therma. He named it after his wife Thessalonike, a daughter of Philip II and a half-sister of Alexander the Great. In 168 B.C. it became the capital of the Macedonia Secunda and in 146 B.C. it was made the capital of the whole Roman province of Macedonia. Due to its port and location at the intersection of two major Roman roads, Thessalonica grew to become the most important city in Macedonia. Thessalonica was important in the spread of Christianity; the First Epistle to the Thessalonians written by Paul the Apostle is the first written book of the New Testament.
RP87299. Bronze AE 25, Touratsoglou
42 (V12/R34), Varbanov III
4504 var. (obv.
leg.), SNG ANS
-, SNG Hunterian
-, SNG Cop
-, BMC Macedonia
-, VF, superb
portrait, green patina
, cleaning marks, Thessalonika (Salonika, Greece
) mint, weight
10.963g, maximum diameter
25.3mm, die axis
, 20 Mar 235 - late May 238 A.D.; obverse
AVT K Γ IOVΛ OVHP MAΞIMINOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust
alighting right, wreath
in extended right right hand, palm
frond over left shoulder in left hand; ex CNG auction 423 (27 Jun 2018), lot 310; ex Belgica Collection; $95.00
Catalog current as of Thursday, March 21, 2019.
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