Magnus Maximus, 383-388
The complete type set of his AE (copper) coins. 

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The sizes are AE2 or AE4. Descriptions link to the image on this page. ID numbers link to the "type" pages which illustrate examples for all the emperors who issued the type. The "rarity" is taken from RIC (modified by me in light of finds since RIC was published, although for Magnus Maximus finds have not affected relative frequency much).

size        type description (link to image below) ID rarity
2 REPARATIO REIPVB emp raises kneeling female 18 C
4 VICTORIA AVGG Vict adv l 27 R2
4 VOT / V / MVLT / X in wreath 28 R3
4 VO / TIS / V in wreath 30 R2
2 VIRTVS EXERCITI emp stg r, foot on captive 31 R4
2 VICTORIA AVGG emp stg left Vict on globe 32 S
4 SPES ROMANORVM camp gate 36 C


Emperor raises kneeling female rt., emperor holds Victory on Globe in left.
Type struck 378-388



Magnus Maximus
23 mm. 6:00. 4.38 grams.
RIC Arelate 26a




This type was also struck for Gratian, Valentinian II, and Theodosius. 

Go to the page on this type, Type 18.

Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm.
Type struck 383-388.

Magnus Maximus
15-13 mm. 1.19 grams.  6:00.
Note the termination "GG" with two G's, not three.
RIC IX Lugdunum 34, R, plate IV.18.  mm LVGP or LVGS.

This has the legend and type of Type 44, which is a different issue.


Only for Magnus Maximus. Only at Lugdunum.
Go to the page on this type, Type 27

Type 28:  AE4.  VOT / V / MVLT / X  in wreath.
Type struck 378-388.

28 MM28 MM

  Magnus Maximus
  15 mm. 1.85 grams.
  RIC Lugdunum (Lyons) 35 "R3"


This type was also struck for Gratian, Valentinian II, Theodosius, and Arcadius.

Go to the page on this type, Type 28.

Type 30:  AE4.  VO / TIS / V in wreath  (14-16 mm)
Type struck 383-388


Magnus Maximus 
14 mm. 1.35 grams. 6:30.  SCON.
RIC IX, Arles 28, R.
"The rare AE4 vota coins of the larger module [This type] were probably struck at the beginning of Maximus' reign," p. 56. 

Only for Magnus Maximus. Only at Arles.
Go to the page on this type, Type 30.

Emperor standing right, spurning captive, holding standard and globe.
Type struck 383-388  [RIC]   386-393  [DO]

[No image for Magnus Maximus. Here is one for Theodosius] 
                                                                                                            Theodosius. 23-22 mm. 6:30. 4.27 grams. RIC Cyzicus 25b2. "C"

For Magnus Maximus RIC has this type as "R4" (extremely rare). This type was also struck for Valentinian II, Theodosius, and Arcadius.

Go to the page on this type, Type 31.

Emperor standing facing, holding Victory on globe in r. and standard in l.
Type struck 383-388


Magnus Maximus
22-20 mm. 11:30. 5.09 grams.
RIC Arles 27 b

Only for Magnus Maximus and only at Arles and Lyons

Go to the page on this type, Type 32.

Camp gate, with star between two turrets.
Type struck 387-388.

Magnus Maximus


Magnus Maximus
15-14 mm.  6:00. 1.53 grams.
RIC Aquileia 55a2


This type was also struck for his son, Flavius Victor.

Go to the page on this type, Type 36.

Go to the main page of late Roman AE types, AD 364-450 (Valentinian and later).

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