Henry Noel Humphreys.

The coin collector's manual; or, Guide to the numismatic student in the formation of a cabinet of coins: comprising an historical and critical account of the origin and progress of coinage, from the earliest period to the fall of the Roman empire; with some account of the coinages of modern Europe, online

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352 COINS OF THE EEIGN OP MAXIMINUS.

On his elevation to tlie throne he assumed the names
Caius Julius Verus, and also the titles Invietus, Fortissimus,
and Nobilissimus, while the senate greeted him with the titles
Germanieus, Dacicus, and Sarmaticus. His parasites com-
plimented his savage courage and amazing strength by adding^
to his assumed surnames those of Hercules, Achilles, Antaeus,
Ajax, and Milo. His height was above eight feet, and his
whole frame was upon such a vast scale that his wife's
bracelet served him for a thumb-ring — ^facts expressly stated
by the historian Capitolinus. His Roman coins have
simply the name Maximinus: the colonial ones have the
prefix Julius, and the Greek Imperial bear the names
Caius Julius Verus Maximus. His coins are far from rare ;
the denarii and the large and middle brass being the most
common. The specimen of his first bronze, described below,
was probably struck on the occasion of his receiving the
consulship, the reverse referring, probably, to the consular
procession. The Victory alludes, perhaps, to his being
engaged in a foreign war at the time of his assumption of
the purple. The obverse has a bold portrait of Maximin,
with large features and wrinkled forehead, with IMP(erator)
MAXIMVS. PIVS. AVG(u8tus) : "the Emperor Maximinus Pius
Augustus." The reverse represents the emperor, in a trium-
ihd car, in the act of being crowned by a winged Victory :
e holds a laurel in one hand and an eagle in the other, a badge
of command which was continued till the Eastern emperor
Phocas, substituted the holy cross. The legend is p(ontifex)
M(aximus) TR(ibunitia) p(ote8tate) li. CO(n)S(ul) p(ater)
P(atriae), — " High Pontiff (exercising) the tnbunitian power
for the second time. Consul, father of the country."

The wife of Maximus, Paulina, appears to have died
during the short reign of her husband, and there are coins
of silver and large brass of Roman mintage struck in honour
of her consecration and apotheosis. The portrait is that of
an intelligent woman in middle age. The reverses of some
coins represent her borne upward by an eagle ; others, as
drawn in a car by prancing horses, and bearing a torch,
intended to compliment the empress in the character of
Luna Lucifera, as one of the deities styled " Dii Selecti."



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Online LibraryHenry Noel HumphreysThe coin collector's manual; or, Guide to the numismatic student in the formation of a cabinet of coins: comprising an historical and critical account of the origin and progress of coinage, from the earliest period to the fall of the Roman empire; with some account of the coinages of modern Europe, → online text (page 33 of 33)