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- Source: English Wikipedia, original upload by Panairjdde
- Description: Magnus Maximus. 383-388 AD. AV Solidus (4.38 gm). Struck 384 AD. Constantinople mint.
- D N MAXI-MVS P F AVS (sic), laurel and rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
- CONCORDI-A AVGGGG, Constantinopolis, helmeted, seated facing, head right, right foot on prow, holding sceptre in left hand, globe in right, lion's heads on throne; I/CONOB.
RIC IX pg. 224, note 46; cf. P. Bastien, "Y a-t-il eu un monnayage d'or au nom de Maxime a Constantinople?" CENB 20/3 (July-September 1983), pg. 51-55; Depeyrot 38/7. Extremely rare - only three known.
Maximus was a Spaniard who rose to the command of the troops in Britain, and he fought successfully against Picts ad Scots. Elevated by the British army, he crossed to Gaul where he overthrew Gratian. He then invaded Italy, but he was ultimately defeated by Theodosius I. This extremely rare coin confirms that Maximus' elevation was recognized by Theodosius, however briefly.
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