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Maximus, Caesar 235 or 236 - 24 June 238 A.D.

Silver denarius, RIC IV 1, RSC III 1, BMCRE V 118, Choice EF, Rome mint, weight 3.576g, maximum diameter 20.1mm, die axis 180o, 235 - early 236 A.D.;
obverse IVL VERVS MAXIMVS CAES, bare-headed and draped bust right, from behind; reverse PIETAS AVG, jug between lituus and knife to left, simpulum and sprinkler to right; scarce.

Maximus coins for sale in the Forum Ancient Coins shop

Handsome and accomplished, but ill mannered, Maximus was declared caesar at eighteen years of age. He became so proud, insolent, and vicious, that he was soon detested as much as his father. After a short time in Rome, he was obliged to join his father in Germany. Betrothed to Junia Fadilla, he was on the verge uniting his barbarian blood to that of the illustrious family of Antoninus Pius, when he was assassinated alongside his father by disgruntled soldiers.

Also see: ERIC - MAXIMUS

References

Alram, A. Die Mnzprgung der Kaiser Maximinus I Thrax (235 / 238). (Wien, 1989).
Banti, A. and L. Simonetti. Corpus Nummorum Romanorum. (Florence, 1972-1979).
Cohen, H. Description historique des monnaies frappes sous l'Empire Romain, Vol. 4: Septimius Severus to Maximinus Thrax. (Paris, 1884).
Mattingly, H., E.A. Sydenham & C.H.V. Sutherland. The Roman Imperial Coinage, Vol IV, From Pertinax to Uranius Antoninus. (London, 1986).
Mattingly, H. & R.A.G. Carson. Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum. (London, 1923 - 1963).
Robinson, A. Roman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, University of Glasgow, Vol. III. Pertinax to Aemilian. (Oxford, 1977).
Seaby, H.A. & Sear, D.R. Roman Silver Coins, Volume III, Pertinax to Balbinus and Pupienus. (London, 1982).
Sear, D.R. Roman Coins and Their Values III, The Accession of Maximinus I to the Death of Carinus AD 235 - AD 285. (London, 2005).

Obverse Legends:

CIVLVERVSMAXIMVSCAES
IVLVERVSMAXIMVSCAES
MAXIMVSCAESARGERM 
MAXIMVSCAESGERM

Rarity of Denominations, Average Weights of Well Preserved Coins, Mints, and Other Information

Average well preserved denarius weight 3.04 grams.

His silver coins are rare; gold exceedingly so; the brass scarce.

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Maximus (Caius Julius Verus), son of Maximinus I and (as is supposed) of Paulina, came into the world about AD 216. He passed for one of the finest and handsomest young men of the empire; but early abandoned himself to pleasure and luxury. After the elevation of his father, who declared him Caesar AD 235, he became so proud, insolent, and vicious, as to render himself as much detested by the Romans as Maximinus I himself was. The beautiful and accomplished but ill mannered prince, who was eighteen years of age when clothed with the purple, enjoyed his honors but for a short time, for being obliged to join his father in Germany, he was assassinated with him by his soldiers near Aquileia (AD 238), just as he was on the point of uniting his barbarian blood to that of the illustrious family of Antoninus Pius, by a marriage with Junia Fadilla. His silver coins are rare; the gold exceedingly so; the brass scarce. He is styled C IVL VERVS MAXIMVS CAES / MAXIMVS CAES GERM.

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