Maximianus, first reign, 286-305. Sestertius (Bronze, 24 mm, 5.74 g, 7 h), Rome, 285. IMP MAXIMIANVS P F AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximian to right. Rev. HERCVLI PACIFERO Hercules standing front, head to left, holding olive branch in his right hand and club and lion's skin in his left. Gnecchi III, p. 80, 26. RIC -, cf. 532 and pl. X, 7 (differing obverse legend, but struck from the same reverse die). Extremely rare. An exceptional coin with an illustrious pedigree. Beautifully struck, with a fine green patina and undoubtedly among the finest known examples from this final series of Roman sestertii. Extremely fine.
From the collection of a retired senior air force officer, ex Hess-Divo 324, 23 October 2013, from the G. L. Cornaggia Collection, Münzen & Medaillen XIII, 17-19 June 1954, 196 (still uncleaned) and that of Colonel Allotte de la Fuÿe, J. Florange & L. Ciani, 4-5 March 1925, 498 (part of).