Maxentius, 306-312 AD, AE Follis, Roma and Emperor in Temple, struck 307 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Maxentius
City/Region:
Roman Empire, Aquileia mint
Denomination:
AE Follis
Composition:
Silvered copper
Date:
Struck late summer of 307 AD
Obverse:
IMP C MAXENTIVS P F AVG, Head of Maxentius, laureate, right
Reverse:
CONSERV-VRB SVAE, Roma seated left, on shield, in tetrastyle temple, right handing globe to Maxentius (in military dress, standing right), left hand holding sceptre; seated captive between; Victories as acroteria; wolf and twins in pediment; in exergue, mintmark AQ Γ (3rd officina)
Size:
25.36, 6.4g, 12h
Grade:
EF, well centred on tight flan, well defined portrait, cabinet toning, no traces of silvering, traces of verdigris on reverse
Rarity:
RIC Rarity C
Provenance:
ex H.D. Rauch eAuction 24 (29 September 2017), Lot 412
References:

Maxentius (Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius Augustus) was Roman Emperor from 306 to 312. His father was the Roman Emperor Maximian. He was a prolific builder: the great basilica in the forum Romanum and the Circus Maxentius (second in size only to the Circus Maximus) were both built during his reign. He lost the civil war against Licinius and Constantine at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge and is thought to have died by drowning in the Tiber River. After his death, Constantine issued a damnatio memoriae against him. Buildings were renamed after Constantine. Additionally Constantine's propaganda ensured that history represented Maxentius as a cruel and incompetent ruler.