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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 220. Estimate CHF1500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF1900. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Maximianus. First reign, AD 286-305. Argenteus (Silver, 3.33 g 12), Serdica, c. 303/4-305. MAXIMIANVS AVG Laureate head of Maximianus to right. Rev. VIRTVS MILITVM /.SM.SDA. Camp gate with open door and three turrets. Gautier -. RIC 1b var. (not known with this officina). Very rare. Lustrous and very attractive. Virtually as struck.

From the Tetrarchy Collection, New York.

The neat head on this coin makes it clear that we are dealing with Maximianus Herculeus, not Galerius, even though the legends are the same. The coins of Galerius bear a portrait that is quite different (see, below, lots 225-226).