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Roman AE of Maximinus II (AD311-313) NGC (AU)

$111.62
SKU MAXIMINUS2ND(AE1;2)NGC

The Tetrarchy was devised by Diocletian as a way to insure the smooth transfer of power when an Emperor died. Instead, it was a recipe for civil war. A nephew of Galerius, Maximinus became Caesar in 305 and Augustus six years later. He was a casualty of the Civil Wars of the Tetrarchy, when rival claimants sought to wipe each other out and consolidate power; he committed suicide after his defeat to Licinius I. A staunch pagan, he engaged on one of the last systematic persecutions of Christians.