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Live auction - brm_460196 - GALERIUS Argenteus

GALERIUS Argenteus MS
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Estimate : 900 €
Price : 450 €
Maximum bid : 450 €
End of the sale : 06 March 2018 16:02:17
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Argenteus
Date: 295-297
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 900 ‰
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 2,94 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 7e
Coments on the condition:
Magnifique exemplaire ayant conservé son brillant de frappe. Monnaie décentrée mais au portrait de toute beauté. Patine irisée avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : MAXIMIA-NVS CAES.
Obverse description : Tête laurée de Galère césar à droite (O*).
Obverse translation : “Maximianus Cæsar”, (Maximien césar).

Reverse


Reverse legend : VIRTVS - MILITVM/ -|-// Z.
Reverse description : Les Tétrarques, Dioclétien, Maximien, Constance et Galère, vêtus militairement, deux par deux, sacrifiant au-dessus d'un trépied allumé placé devant une enceinte composée de six tours.
Reverse translation : “Virtus Militum”, (La Virilité des soldats).

Commentary


Poids léger.

Historical background


GALÈRE

(1/03/293-5/05/311) Galerius Valerius Maximianus

Caesar (1/03/293-1/05/305)

Galley was of humble origin. Chosen as Caesar March 1 or May 1 293, it is subject to Diocletian to help govern the East. Galley suffered a crushing defeat in 296 against the Sassanids, but the following year he defeated Narses. According to Lactantius, it is the cause of the persecution of Christians in 302-303. During the illness of Diocletian, he pushes it to abdicate. Diocletian and Maximian leave office on May 1 305 Galerius and Constantius become august. The last six years of his life, he will helplessly the disintegration of the political system created by Diocletian Tetrarchy. He died May 5 after stopping 311, five days before the persecution against Christians.

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