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Maximinus II

Gaerlius Valerius Maximinus
Augustus (AD 310-313)  |  De Imperatoribus Romanis entry

Maximinus Daia was the sister-son of Galerius, and appointed as his uncle's Caesar when Galerius succeeded Diocletian in AD 305. When Constantine and Maxentius demanded Caesarships as well, after Constantius' death, and after Severus' death Licinius was appointed in his place, Maximinus felt jilted. Licinius had been promoted to Augustus without having been a Caesar, and Constantine was given in an unlawful Caesarship. Maximinus demanded he too, should become an Augustus and in AD 309 Galerius gave in. On Galerius' death, Maximinus hurriedly claimed most of his uncle's territory and even his uncle's wife, Galeria Valeria, who was Diocletian's daughter. Licinius and Constantine came to agreement, giving Licinius the support he needed to turn his attention on Maximinus. In 313 AD they clashed, and Maximinus was defeated. He fled, but quickly became ill and died at Tarsus


Obverse Legends on coins depicting Maximinus II

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Coins of Maximinus II currently available

Coin image Maximinus II
Bronze quarter follis issued AD 305/306.
Obv: MAXIMINVS NOB C, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Jupiter standing left, chlamys across shoulder, leaning on sceptre, Victory on globe in right hand; eagle holding wreath to left (SIS in ex.).
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