Maximinus II 310-313AD Persecution Follis Very Fine

Maximinus II 310-313AD Persecution Follis Very Fine

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  • A genuine 1,700-year-old Ancient Roman coin.
  • Issued under Emperor Maximinus II Daia (310-313AD).
  • Known as ‘Persecution Coinage’, issued during one of the last great persecutions of the Christians.
  • Depicts Roman pagan gods on both sides of the coin.
  • Scarce, intriguing type, and a genuine artefact of the decline of Rome’s pagan religion.
  • Offered in Very Fine condition – just a few examples available!

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Maximinus II and the Christian Persecution Coinage…

A genuine artefact of the death throes of Ancient Roman Paganism and the supremacy of Christianity, we are delighted to present the ‘Persecution Follis’ of Emperor Maximinus II Daia!

Maximinus was the man behind one of the last great systematic persecutions of Roman Christians. He has gone down in history as drunken, violent and debauched – history written by Christian commentators, of course! Before he was defeated in a struggle for power by his ostensibly Christian rival, Licinius, in the civil wars of the early 4th century, Maximinus authorised one of the most fascinating of all pagan coin issues – known as Persecution Coinage.

The Persecution issue took place after Maximinus was approached by the authorities of three eastern cities – Antioch, Nicomedia and Alexandria – asking for his help in ejecting the Christians from their midst. Churches were shut down, property was seized, Christians were expelled, and all three cities issued the coins that have become known as Maximinus’ Persecution Coinage.

This brazenly pagan coinage is a truly distinct element of the Ancient Roman Empire series. Much of the traditional coinage of the early empire united a portrait of the ruling emperor with a reverse depicting one of Rome’s many pagan gods. A powerful affirmation of the Pagan creed, Maximinus’ Persecution coinage did not portray the emperor at all, but rather featured pagan gods on BOTH sides of the coin!

Relatively scarce today, we have this intriguing type available in Very Fine condition. Click add to cart now!

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