Silvered Bronze Coin - AE Follis, Ancient Rome, c. 286-305 AD
Ruler: Maximianus (as Augustus)
Obv: Laureate bust of Maximianus, right
Rev: Genius of the Roman People, standing left
Mint: Trier, struck 302-3 AD
Sear-R13241, 29mm, 10.27gm
Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maximianus Herculius, commonly referred to as Maximianus, was Caesar (junior Roman Emperor) from 285 and Augustus (senior Roman Emperor) from 286 to 305. He shared the latter title with his co-emperor and superior, Diocletian, whose political brain complemented Maximian's military brawn. Maximian established his residence at Trier but spent most of his time on campaign.
In the late summer of 285, he suppressed rebels in Gaul known as the Bagaudae. From 285 to 288, he fought against Germanic tribes along the Rhine frontier. Together with Diocletian, he ran a scorched earth campaign deep into the territory of the Alamanni tribes in 288, temporarily relieving the Rhenish provinces from the threat of Germanic invasion.