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Aurei of Maximian

Late Roman, 288–296; gold; 5.104–5.564 g.
Aurei of Maximian

Issued by the emperor Maximian (r. 286–305), these seven coins, called aurei, are part of a larger series depicting the life of Hercules. Known for his military talents and ambition, Maximian ruled as member of the tetrarchy. He was given the title Herculius in reference to his heroic efforts as ruler. In these coins, Maximian’s military efforts on behalf of Rome are likened to the labors of Hercules.

Reverse of coins depicted, top to bottom, left to right:  BZC.1948.17.225, BZC.1951.6, BZC.1951.8, BZC.1951.9, BZC.1951.10, BZC.1951.11, BZC.1951.12.

  

Selected Bibliography

J. Bruun, J. P. C. Kent, C. H. V. Sutherland, and A. R. Bellinger, “The Roman Gold and Silver Coins at Dumbarton Oaks: Diocletian to Eugenius,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 18 (1964): 167–70, nos. 9 (BZC.1951.11), 11 (BZC.1951.10), 12 (BZC.1948.17.225), 13 (BZC.1951.9), 14 (BZC.1951.8), 15 (BZC.1951.6), and 19 (BZC.1951.12).

 

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