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Medallion of four aurei with bust of Maximian I in the guise of Hercules

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Obverse: Bust of Maximian left, wearing lion's skin knotted at neck. IMPMAXIMIANVSSENAVG Reverse: Mars lunging right, wearing helmet, cuirass, boots and paludamentum; shield on left, spear upwards in right. MARTICONSER VAVGGETCAESN PK (in exergue)

Provenance

From a hoard with a Mediterranean origin, including MFA 59.494-59.512 (published in the Illustrated London News, November 14, 1959); 1959: with Spink & Son, Ltd., 5, 6 & 7 King Street, St. James's, London, S.W. 1; September 17, 1959: purchased by MFA from Spink & Son, Ltd. for £ 18,000/-/- (this is the total price for 59.494-59.512)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Imperial Period, 3rd Tetrarchy, A.D. 306–307

Mint

Carthage, Africa

Catalogue Raisonné

Roman Medallions (MFA, 1962, 1975), no. 085.

Dimensions

Diameter: 33 mm. Weight: 20.11 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

59.495

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Medallions