Savoca Numismatik GmbH & Co. KG > Online Auction 209 | SilverAuction date: 28 April 2024
Lot number: 532

Price realized: 50 EUR   (Approx. 54 USD)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Lot description:

Maxentius AD 306-312. Rome
Follis Æ

25 mm, 6,36 g

IMP C MAXENTIVS P F AVG, laureate head right / CONSERV VRBS SVAE P-//REP, Roma seated facing , head left, within hexastyle temple, holding globe and sceptre; at her side, shield; wreath in temple pediment.

Very Fine

RIC VI 258.

Maxentius, also known as Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius, was a Roman emperor who ruled from 306 to 312 AD. He was a member of the Constantinian dynasty, which was a prominent political family during the late Roman Empire. Maxentius was the son of the former Roman Emperor Maximian, who had abdicated in 305 AD during the Tetrarchy system, which was a system of rule by four emperors instituted by Emperor Diocletian. When his father resigned, Maxentius declared himself emperor in Rome, defying the tetrarchic system. His rule was initially limited to the city of Rome and its surrounding regions, as he faced rival claimants to the imperial throne. One of his main rivals was Constantine the Great, who was the son of another Tetrarch, Constantius Chlorus. Constantine had his own ambitins to become the sole ruler of the Roman Empire. The conflict between Maxentius and Constantine culminated in the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312 AD. According to Christian tradition, before the battle, Constantine saw a vision of a Christian symbol (often referred to as the Chi-Rho), and he heard the words "In this sign, conquer." Taking it as a divine sign, Constantine ordered his soldiers to paint the Chi-Rho symbol on their shields. Constantine's forces were victorious at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, and Maxentius was defeated and killed during the battle. Following his victory, Constantine became the sole ruler of the Western Roman Empire.
Maxentius is remembered as a brief and tumultuous ruler who challenged the Tetrarchy system and attempted to assert his authority over the western regions of the Roman Empire. However, his reign came to an end with the rise of Constantine, who went on to become one of the most significant and influential emperors in Roman history.

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