Vota Coins of Maxentius, 306-312
Maxentius struck "half-follis" vota types with "VOT X" and "VOT XX", one smaller denomination with "VOT QQ MVL XX" for the quinquenallia, and an extremely rare follis with "VOT X."
20 mm. 3.22 grams.
laureate head left
VICTORIA AETERNA AVG N
Victory inscribing a shield
seated captive to left
R Q in exergue
Struck c. 310
RIC Rome 229
The VOT X types of Maxentius are apparently struck near his regnal year 5.
21 mm. 2.69 grams.
Similar, but with helmeted bust left holding spear forward and shield.
RIC Rome 230
The next coin has VOT XX, but is apparently from the same issue as the VOT X coins.
20 mm. 2.94 grams.
This is very similar to the first coin but from Ostia instead of Rome
and with VOT XX FEL instead of VOT X.
RIC Ostia 62 "late 309-Oct. 312".
This is from the same issue as the "VOT X" types.
19 mm. 3.29 grams.
bust right in lion-skin headdress
RIC Rome 241 struck "c. 310."
Failmezger 174M3 plate 9 this coin.
There is also this smaller denomination:
Maxentius. A smaller denomination.
17 mm. 2.02 grams.
VOT QQ MVL XX (QQ for quinquennalia)
The quinquennalia (QQ) is the 5-year celebration.
RIC Rome 281c. Struck "c. 310-311".
So, this seems to be vows for 5 years paid and for 20 years taken.
The coins of Maxentius seem to treat X and XX the same.
There is an extremely rare follis:
An extremely rare full-sized follis.
It has the same legend as the 20-21 mm coins above, but is
25-24 mm and 6.97 grams.
Instead of Victory standing, it has Victory seated on a cuirass with shield behind and helmet in front.
MOSTP in exergue
RIC --. Drost's book on Maxentius mentions this coin.
Unique with officina P. One other is known with officina S.
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