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Sale: Nomos 7, Lot: 203. Estimate CHF800. 
Closing Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2013. 
Sold For CHF1150. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Maximinus II. As Caesar, AD 305-309. Argenteus (Silver, 3.16 g 11), Antioch, 8th officina, May-June 305. MAXIMINVS CAESAR Laureate head of Maximinus Caesar to right. Rev. VIRTVS MILITVM / *ANTH* Camp gate with open arch and three turrets. RIC -. SMB 243, September 2001, pl. 71, 7 (this coin). Extremely rare, one of three known examples, all from different obverse dies). Right edge damaged from being exposed to fire in ancient times, otherwise, extremely fine.

From a Swiss collection, ex Gorny & Mosch 152, 9 October 2006, 2416.

This coin comes from a very rare and obscure issue of silver from Antioch, minted very early in the Second Tetrarchy utilizing a mintmark that had last been used at the end of the 290s. In fact, aside from this exceptional issue under Galerius Augustus and Maximinus II Caesar, Antioch minted no silver at all between c.298 and 336.