posted on Nov, 10 2017 @ 02:40 PM
Something ought to be said about Maximus himself, now that we have found him.
According to the books, he was a Spanish-born general commanding the province of Britain, in a time when Imperial authority was insecure.
To select from the narrative of Gibbon, "the name of Maximus was proclaimed by the tumultuary, but unanimous voice, both of the soldiers and of the
provincials... from the moment Maximus had violated his allegiance to his lawful sovereign, he could not hope to reign or even to live, if he confined
to limit his moderate ambition within the narrow limits of Britain... The armies of Gaul, instead of opposing the march of Maximus, received him with
joyful and loyal acclamations..."
By agreement with Theodosius, ruling at Constantinople, Maximus was allowed to rule the provinces beyond the Alps. But once Maximus also invaded
Italy, Theodosius struck back. Maximus was trapped and captured at Aquileia.
Then he was abandoned "to the pious zeal of the soldiers, who drew him out of the imperial presence and instantly separated his head from his body"
So what you have got there is an historic souvenir of a very short-lived imperial rebellion.
Whatever the monetary value of the piece, there can't have been many of them.
edit on 10-11-2017 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)