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305-308 AD Roman Empire AE Follis Coin Maximinus II Daia Antioch GENIO CAESARIS


305-308 AD Roman Empire AE Follis Coin Maximinus II Daia Antioch GENIO CAESARIS

  • 305-308 AD Roman Empire AE Follis Coin
  • Issued under the rule of Maximinus II Daia, the 55th Emperor of the Roman Empire (305-308, 310-312)
    • He became embroiled in the Civil wars of the Tetrarchy between rival claimants for control of the empire, in which he was defeated by Licinius
    • A committed pagan, he engaged in one of the last persecutions of Christians
  • Obverse features a bust of the emperor, facing right, with the legend "GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB CAES"
  • Reverse depicts Genius holding cornucopia and patera, standing left, with the legend "GENIO CAESARIS"
    • In ancient Roman religion, the genius is the individual instance of a general divine nature that is present in every individual person, place, or thing
    • The rational powers and abilities of every human being were attributed to their soul, which was a genius; each individual place had a genius (genius loci) and so did powerful objects, such as volcanoes
    • The concept extended to some specifics: the genius of the theater, of vineyards, and of festivals, which made performances successful, grapes grow, and celebrations succeed, respectively; it was extremely important in the Roman mind to propitiate the appropriate genii for the major undertakings and events of their lives
  • Minted in [ANT] Antioch on the Orontes (Antakya, Turkey)
  • Struck from copper alloy
  • Diameter: 25 mm
  • Weight: 6.5 grams
  • Condition: Ungraded
  • Catalog number: RIC#103, Cohen#40, VanMeter#12
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Reference Item # ANC-1286

JBC 2/10/15