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Maximinus I Thrax, 20 March 235 - late May 238 A.D.

Maximinus I was a giant of a man, and possessed of natural fighting ability. He rose through the ranks of the Roman army during the reign of Severus Alexander. After a successful governorship in Mesopotamia, he was sent to the Rhine frontier to oversee the regions army recruitment levies. In 235 A.D. he was proclaimed emperor by troops offended by Severus Alexander's peace loving character, and the galling fact that his mother, Julia Mamaea, was the true power in the empire. Maximinus campaigned with great success against the Germanic tribes, but his great cruelty towards the nobility whom he hated, and general ruthlessness inspired several rebellions, notably the failed Gordian rebellion and then the rebellion of Balbinus and Pupienus. Maximinus marched against the latter two, and during the abortive siege of Aquileia his troops deserted and murdered him.

|Maximinus| |I|, |Maximinus| |I| |Thrax,| |20| |March| |235| |-| |Late| |May| |238| |A.D.||denarius|NEW
Providentia is the personification of the ability to foresee and to make provision for the future. This coin is dedicated to the foresight of the gods. Providentia was one of the embodiments of virtues that were part of the imperial cult. Cicero said that providentia is one of the three main components of prudentia, "the knowledge of things that are good or bad or neither," along with memoria (memory) and intellegentia (understanding).
SL113475. Silver denarius, RIC IV 13; RSC III 77; BMCRE VI p. 223, 15; Hunter III 11; SRCV III 8315, NGC VF, strike 4/5, surface 2/5 (2412807-095), weight 2.00 g, maximum diameter 19 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Mar 235 - Jan 236 A.D.; obverse IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse PROVIDENTIA AVG (the foresight of the Emperor), Providentia standing left, wand in right hand pointed downward over globe at feet on left, cornucopia in left hand; from a Virginia Collector, ex Ronald Engholm (eBay, 27 Nov 2014); NGC| Lookup; $140.00 SALE PRICE $126.00

Maximinus I Thrax, 20 March 235 - Late May 238 A.D., Cotiaeum, Phrygia

|Other| |Phrygia|, |Maximinus| |I| |Thrax,| |20| |March| |235| |-| |Late| |May| |238| |A.D.,| |Cotiaeum,| |Phrygia||AE| |19|
Cotiaeum was founded on the upper Tembris River situated at a major crossroads in Phrygia Epictetus. The modern site is at Kütahya.
RP113532. Bronze AE 19, RPC Online VI T5757 (7 spec.), SNG Cop 331, Waddington 5912, BMC Phrygia -, SNGvA -, VF, near centered, dark green patina with highlighting earthen deposits, weight 2.826 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, Kotiaion (Kütahya, Turkey) mint, obverse Γ IOY OYH MAΞIMEINOC AYΓ, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximinus, right, seen from behind; reverse KOTIAEΩN, clasped hands; first specimen of this type handled by FORVM, Coin Archives records only one specimen of the type at auction in the last two decades; rare; $150.00 SALE PRICE $120.00

Maximinus I Thrax, 20 March 235 - Late May 238 A.D., Pella, Macedonia

|Pella|, |Maximinus| |I| |Thrax,| |20| |March| |235| |-| |Late| |May| |238| |A.D.,| |Pella,| |Macedonia||AE| |26|
Pella was founded in 399 B.C. by King Archelaus (413 - 399 B.C.) as his capital. It was the seat of Philip II and of his son, Alexander the Great. In 168 B.C., it was sacked by the Romans, and its treasury transported to Rome. Later the city was destroyed by an earthquake. By 180 A.D., Lucian could describe it in passing as "now insignificant, with very few inhabitants."
RP112103. Bronze AE 26, Varbanov III 3742 (R4); AMNG III-2 p. 99, 34; SNG Hunterian 658; Moushmov 6484; SNG ANS 636 var. (cuirass, no drapery); BMC Macedonia -, gF, mottled patina, earthen deposits, marks, off center, weight 11.287 g, maximum diameter 25.8 mm, die axis 180o, Pella mint, 20 Mar 235 - late May 238 A.D.; obverse IMP C C IVL VER MAXIMINVS, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse COL IVL AVG PELLA, Spes (or City Goddess) seated left, putting her right hand to her mouth; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00

|Maximinus| |I|, |Maximinus| |I| |Thrax,| |20| |March| |235| |-| |Late| |May| |238| |A.D.||denarius|
This coin is dedicated to the goddess Fides for her good quality of preserving the public peace by keeping the army true to its allegiance.
RS112664. Silver denarius, RIC IV 18a, RSC III 9, BMCRE IV 137, SRCV III 8307, Hunter III 6, aVF, centered, flow lines, die wear, irregular flan with part of edge ragged, weight 2.332 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, Jan 236 - Mar 238 A.D.; obverse MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse FIDES MILITVM (the loyalty of the soldiers), Fides standing half-left, military standard in each hand; from the Collection of Dr. Jüregen Buschek; $90.00 SALE PRICE $72.00

|Maximinus| |I|, |Maximinus| |I| |Thrax,| |20| |March| |235| |-| |Late| |May| |238| |A.D.||dupondius|
Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks, who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. Her father Asclepius learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one snake bringing another snake healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing. She was the goddess of health, cleanliness and sanitation. While her father was more directly associated with healing, she was associated with the prevention of sickness and the continuation of good health. Her name is the source of the word "hygiene."
SH34805. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC IV 65, Cohen IV 88, Hunter III 35, SRCV III -, VF, weight 13.826 g, maximum diameter 25.4 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 235 A.D.; obverse IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse SALVS AVGVSTI (to the health of the Emperor), Salus seated left, left elbow resting on throne, with right holding patera and feeding snake coiled around altar, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; scarce denomination for the reign and period; SOLD





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