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Object Description
Title/Object Name
Ob: D(ominus) N(oster) MAG(nus) MAX-IMVS P(ius) F(elix) AVG(ustus) | Re: VIRTVS RO-MANORVM [Military strength of the Romans]
4th century
August 25 383 - August 28 388 CE
Portfolio / Series Title
Silver Siliquae of the Late Roman Empire
Diameter, 0.7480 In, 1.9 Cm
Weight, 0.0044 Pounds, 2.017 Grams
Magnus Maximus Ob: Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust of Magnus Maximus, right. Re: Roma on throne, holding globe and spear. Mint mark TRPS.
Credit Line
Gift of Wilton Jaffee to the University of Colorado Classics Department (2003), Transfer, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder
This siliqua, roughly the equivalent of a reintroduced argenteus, was issued under the usurper Magnus Maximus. A Roman general stationed in Britannia, he instigated a rebellion there, and even moved through Italy, driving out the western emperor, Gratian, and killing him. Due to the threats from tribes in his territory, the eastern emperor, Theodosius I, determined fighting Maximus an unworthy expense. However, after the primary focus of his attention, the Persians, had been brought into treaty, Theodosius acted, and in 388 CE, he defeated Maximus and had him killed. He would then take on both halves of the empire himself, becoming the last ruler of both before their final split into the Byzantine Empire. KHK.
Object ID
RIC IX, 29, no. 84b



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