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Thursday, 3 October 2013

Monetary history Of Maximino Rome To Gordian III – Part 1

Continuing the series of posts about the monetary history of Rome goes on here with the first years of the period commonly known as the "crisis of the third century AD".

Alexander Severus and his influential mother, Julia Mamaea were killed in the winter quarters of his troops near Mainz, in the first months of the year 235 DC. Maximino proclaimed troops, a general of relatively humble origin who had risen from the ranks of the army by the new possibilities opened by promoting reforms of Septimius Severus. It was a real emperor-soldier, a symbol of power shifts taking place within the political structure of the empire. His reign of only three years would be fully occupied with military operations on the borders of the Rhine and the Danube and he never visited the city of Rome. Maximino lived frugally and did not advocate paying subsidies seeking peace to the enemies of Rome.

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 Although he was not stingy with the troops, there was no wastage on wages and donations. To finance military operations, the new emperor was strict in tax collection and payments were demanded extraordinarily by the rich and the poor alike. Despite all of these measures, the silver content of the silver coins minted in the name of Maximin had a new drop from the already poor level coined by Alexander Severus. It also reduced the weight and size of the various denominations of bronze.

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