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11. October 2020
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Lot 1168
Starting Price: 50 CHF
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Maximinus I, 235-238. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 28 mm, 15.71 g, 1 h), Rome, 236-237. MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximinus I to right. Rev. SALVS AVGVSTI / S C Salus seated left on throne, with her right hand feeding snake rising right from altar to left. BMC 175. Cohen 92. RIC 85. dark green patina. About very fine.



Unlike earlier generals who became emperor and who came from noble backgrounds, Maximinus came from a peasant family and probably only gained Roman citizenship after 208. He was apparently a very tough soldier and when Severus Alexander sought a peace treaty rather than battle against the fractious Germans, the soldiers mutinied, killing the emperor and his mother and elevating Maximinus to the throne. His reign was spent campaigning against the barbarian tribes to the north but the ever increasing taxes needed to finance the army led to a revolt that was supported by the Senate, which hated Maximinus as an upstart; he and his son Maximus were soon murdered by their own soldiers. Sestertii of Maximinus are relatively common. The sestertii issued in the 230s and 240s were in constant use until the great inflation of the 260s drove them out of circulation and into the melting pot: there are hoards from Gaul, where sestertii lasted a bit longer than they did elsewhere thanks to the issues produced by Postumus, that contain large numbers of nearly worn-flat sestertii of the 2nd century, combined with sestertii, also very worn, of the first half of the 3rd.
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Lot 1168
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Maximinus I, 235-238. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 28 mm, 15.71 g, 1 h), Rome, 236-237. MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximinus I to right. Rev. SALVS AVGVSTI / S C Salus seated left on throne, with her right hand feeding snake rising right from altar to left. BMC 175. Cohen 92. RIC 85. dark green patina. About very fine.
Hammer Price: No Bids
Lot 1169
Starting Price: 200 CHF
Maximus, as Caesar, 235/6-238. Denarius (Silver, 20 mm, 3.18 g, 12 h), Rome, 236-237. MAXIMVS CAES GERM Bare-headed and draped bust of Maximus to right. Rev. PRINC IVVENTVTIS Maximus standing left, holding baton in his right hand and transverse spear in his left; behind, two standards. BMC 211-2. Cohen 10. RIC 3. Sharp, bright and well-centered. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Lot 1170
Starting Price: 150 CHF
Pupienus, 238. Antoninianus (Silver, 22 mm, 4.56 g, 12 h), Rome. IMP CAES PVPIEN MAXIMVS AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Pupienus to right. Rev. CARITAS MVTVA AVGG Clasped right hands. BMC 87. Cohen 3. RIC 10b. With a fine and sharp portrait of Pupienus. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
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