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brm_650526 - DIOCLETIAN Follis ou nummus

DIOCLETIAN Follis ou nummus XF
85.00 €(Approx. 92.65$ | 71.40£)
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Type : Follis ou nummus
Date: 297-298
Mint name / Town : Carthage
Metal : copper
Diameter : 27 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 8,55 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 1re
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Usure régulière. Revers agréable. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : IMP DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG.
Obverse description : Tête laurée de Dioclétien à droite (O*).
Obverse translation : “Imperator Diocletianus Pius Felix Augustus”, (L’empereur Dioclétien pieux heureux auguste).


Reverse legend : FELIX A-DV-ENT AVGG NN/ I|-// PKP.
Reverse description : Africa (l’Afrique), drapée debout à gauche, la tête coiffée de la dépouille d’éléphant, tenant un étendard de la main droite et une corne d’éléphant de la main gauche ; à ses pieds à gauche, dépouille de lion tourné à droite.
Reverse translation : “Felix Adventus Augustorum Nostrorum”, (L’Heureuse arrivée de nos augustes).

Historical background




Diocletian, born in 245 in Dalmatia (Split), is an Illyrian emperor. After having eliminated Aper, prefect of the praetorium, also father-in-law and assassin of Numérien, he put on the purple on November 20, 284. Fighting first against Carin, last son of Carus, he was beaten at Margus the following year. But Carin is assassinated and Diocletian alone remains august. He raised Maximian, a compatriot, to the rank of Caesar in November 285, then Augustus on April 1, 286. Diocletian had just created a new political regime, the dyarchy. Two emperors shared military and political power there, but Maximian remained subordinate to Diocletian. Diocletian places himself under the Jovian protection (of Jupiter) while Maximian is of Herculean essence (of Hercules). Diocletian spent the first ten years of his reign fighting in the East, while Maximian remained in the West. Diocletian is the first emperor of the Lower Empire, according to the expression of Gibbons, and the founder of the dominion.

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