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    Extremely Rare Hercules As Peace-Bringer

    Maximian, first reign (AD 286-310). AV aureus (19mm, 5.42 gm 5h). NGC MS 5/5 - 4/5. Siscia, AD 295-296. MAXIMI-ANVS AVG, laureate head of Maximian right / HERCVLI-PACIFERO, Hercules, nude, standing facing, head left, palm branch upward in right hand, club in left, lion skin draped on left arm; *SIS in exergue. RIC VI 13. Calic├│ 4665. Perfectly centered and struck with full beading on both sides. Extremely rare- only one other example of this type has been sold at public auction in the last 15+ years.

    Among the grand designs of Diocletian was an effort to restore the Roman religion to its former prominence. Toward this end, each of the ruling Tetrarchs was assigned to a "house" corresponding to the Roman deities. Though less of a thinker than Diocletian, Maximian was a better soldier, a fact Diocletian understood and even appreciated. Maximian thus became Hercules to Diocletian's Jupiter, the man of action following the lead of a great planner and organizer. The obverse portrait of this astonishing aureus of Maximian, is in the later homogenous style typical of the Tetrarchic Era, while the reverse depicts Hercules with his signature accoutrements of lion-skin and club, but also holding a palm branch in a gesture of peace, signifying the accomplishment of the fortunes of the Roman Empire rising again of after decades of chaos and dissolution. The Tetrarchs regularized the empire's finances, restored its frontiers, rebuilt its cities, and won signal victories against enemies without and within.


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    August, 2019
    15th Thursday
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