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

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


Mint: Africa, Carthage

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

On View

Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Medallions

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