Medallion of two aurei with head of Maxentius

Roman
Imperial Period
A.D. 307–308


Mint: Italy, Rome

Catalogue Raisonné

Roman Medallions (MFA, 1962, 1975), no. 087.

Dimensions

Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 10.83 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

59.507

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

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

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Medallions

Obverse: Head of Maxentius left, in lion’s skin, paws knotted at neck.
IMPMA XENTIVSPFAVG
Reverse: Maxentius wearing laurel wreath, cuirass, paludamentum, stands facing, looking left, with spear in left hand, receiving with right hand globe from Roma, seated left, holding spear in left, and seated on shield with device of Romulus, Remus, wolf under tree.
CONSERVA TO RVRBSVAE in exergue: P star R

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