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Coin Portraying Emperor Maximianus

A work made of billon.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of billon.

Date:

287-288

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin portrays the head of emperor Maximianus, facing to the right. The back (reverse) depicts Elpis, the personification of hope, standing to the left, wearing a chiton and himation. She holds a flower and raises the hem of her skirt. The date this coin was struck is indicated in the obverse inscription " L B ", which means the second year of Maximianus’s reign, or 287-288 CE. Maximianus reigned as emperor from 286-305 CE.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Coin Portraying Emperor Maximianus

Origin

Alexandria

Date

Struck 287 CE–288 CE

Medium

Billon

Inscriptions

Obverse: AKMAOVAMA[IMIANOS CEB] Reverse: L B

Dimensions

Diam. 2.0 cm; 7.07 g

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1938.1220

Extended information about this artwork

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