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Maximinus II - RIC VI Trier 826 - silvered bronze

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Maximinus II - RIC VI Trier 826 - silvered bronze

Maximinus II
Trier mint
RIC VI 826
309 AD (?)
Silver surfaced bronze (3-4%)
18 mm; 3.11 g
left facing bust,
radiate, draped, cuirassed,
holding up right hand,
holding orb with left
exergual mark: PTR
Sol radiate, facing left,
standing in facing quadriga
holding up right hand,
holding orb and whip in left

Technically speaking this coin is not listed in RIC and is somewhat problematic. It is silver coated bronze with a much lower silver content than its RIC listed counterpart. Its silver content is typical of the folles issued late in the reign of Maximinus II, but its weight is a little more than half the average weight of the folles issued in 309, and 60-90% of the weight of folles issued from 310-313. Since the obverse bust is radiate it might be a half follis, but the module of the coin, which approximates that of its silver counterpart, is smaller than that of the half folles that were being issed prior to 309, and larger than that of those later. Since the convention of using a radiate bust to indicate a half follis was not being followed at this time, that is not a determining factor. Nonetheless, my preliminary conclusion based on the metrology of the coin is that it is a half follis of Maximinus II issued in 309, and not later in his life.


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It looks like I fell into the same trap that Sutherland did in RIC VI, who placed this coin type just ahead of the series of heavy folles from 309. The coin cannot be dated to 309 since it bears the AVG title which Maximinus did not assume until May 310. But for that year and later the module of the coin is too large for a half follis. On that score it was suggested to me that this example is not a silver coated bronze coin, but another mix of a 25% silver bronze alloy. It now seems most likely that this coin was only issued in billon as a degraded silver denomination (argenteus?) and never as bronze at all. Despite the different surface appearances, this coin and the more obviously silver counterpart are both from the same issue.
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