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After the Roman troops in Britain, proclaimed general Magnus Maximus emperor, he invaded Gaul and drove Gratian before him until the latter was overrun and assassinated. After negotiations, Theodosius I recognized Magnus Maximus and his son, Flavius Victor, as emperors in Britannia and Gaul. Gratian's brother Valentinian II retained Italy, Pannonia, Hispania, and Africa. In 386 A.D., driven by reckless greed, Magnus Maximus invaded Italy, driving out Valentinian II, who fled to Theodosius I. Commanding an army of Goths, Huns and Alans, Theodosius marched west and defeated Magnus Maximus at the Battle of the Save. On 28 August 388, Magnus Maximus surrendered at Aquileia and was executed. RS86382. Silver siliqua, RIC IX Trier 84b(1), RSC V 20a, Hunter V 6, SRCV V 20644, Cohen VIII 20 (10 fr.), EF, well centered, iridescent rose toning, some obverse die wear, tiny edge cracks, weight 2.136 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 384 - 28 Jul 388 A.D.; obverse D N MAG MA-XIMVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassedbust right; reverseVIRTVS ROMANORVM (courage of the Romans), Roma seated facing on throne, head left, left leg bare, globe in right hand, spear in left hand, TRPS in exergue; $340.00 (Ä289.00)
Constantius I, May 305 - 25 July 306 A.D.
The Sisak Hoard of more than 2000 silver argentei, most of them mint-state, plus silver vessels, was found in 1953 near Siscia (Croatia). Still today, nearly all the high grade early argentei of the early tetrarchy on the market came from this hoard. The deposition of the hoard can be placed in the year 295/296.SH53597. Silver argenteus, Sisak Hoard 73, RIC VI 42a, RSC V 314a, Choice EF, weight 3.417 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 295 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTIVS CAES, laureate head right; reverseVIRTVS MILITVM (courage of the soldiers), the four tetrarchs sacrificing in front of six-turreted enclosure (city or castrum), Z in exergue; ex H. S. Perlin Co., 1988; high relief portrait, beautiful rainbow iridescenttoning, from the 1953 Sisak hoard; scarce; SOLD
Diocletian, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D.
SH34985. Silver argenteus, RIC VITreveri 102a, Cohen -, Choice EF, weight 3.301 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, Treveri (Trier) mint, 294 A.D.; obverse DIOCLETI-ANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverseVIRTVS MILITVM (courage of the soldiers), the four princes sacrificing over tripod before archway in eight-turreted fortress enclosure; well struck, perfectly centered - a fantastic example of the type; very rare (R4); SOLD