Roman Empire – Time of Maximinus II Daia (310-313 AD) – Æ 15 ‘Persecution’ issue (Apollo). Antioch mint 310-313 AD
Obv: GENIO AN-TIOCHENI,
Tyche seated facing on rock pile; river god Orontes below.
Rev: APOLLONI SANCTO / H / SMA,
Apollo standing left, holding patera and lyre; H in right field, SMA in exergue.
Reference: McAlee 170c; Vagi 2954
Weight: 1.21 g
Diameter: 15 mm
near Extremely Fine, olive patina, light earthen deposits. Rare
An active campaign of persecution against local Christians by Maximinus II reached its height during 310-313 the eastern cities in Nicomedia, Antioch, and Alexandria. Christians were subject to confiscation of land and property, and expelled from the cities; Churches were closed and ransacked. These three major mint cities struck a series of small bronzes honouring the old Greco-Roman gods - Jupiter, Apollo, Tyche, and Serapis among them. The persecutions subsided in AD 313 as a result of the Edict of Milan, jointly issued by Constantine and Licinius - the senior emperors - which proclaimed a policy of religious freedom, and returned confiscated property to the Christians.
Provenance: ex private collection
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- Roman Empire
- Time of Maximinus II Daia (310-313 AD)
- ‘Persecution’ issue
- Year/Period and Variation
- Antioch mint AD 310-313 - Apollo / McAlee 170c Rare