Egypt, Alexandria. Maximinus I. 235-238 AD

Egypt, Alexandria. Maximinus I. 235-238 AD


Alexandria, Egypt. Potin Tetradrachm, 12.59g (23mm, 12h). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Draped bust of Selene right; crescent moon before; L Γ (date) behind.

Pedigree: From the Hermanubis Collection

References: Köln 2575 var. (obv. legend); Dattari (Savio) 4600; K&G 65.49; Emmett 3300.3

Grade: Lovely portraits and great strike. Black patina. EF  (re1055)

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Maximinus I was the first of a string of “barrack emperors”, emperors that were installed by the popular vote of the military and not by the people.  The short reign of Maximinus I marks a period of time known as the “crisis of the third century”  when the Roman Empire was fraught with instability.  The crisis began after the assassination of the emperor Severus Alexander by his troops in 235 AD.  Subsequent was a 50 year period in which 26 rulers came to power, an inordinate amount of rulers in a short time.