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E-auction 86-43763 - GALERIUS Aurelianus

GALERIUS Aurelianus XF
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Estimate : 120 €
Price : 42 €
Maximum bid : 45 €
End of the sale : 08 December 2014 15:33:30
bidders : 4 bidders
Type : Aurelianus
Date: 1er mars - 20 novembre
Date: 293
Mint name / Town : Lyon
Metal : billon
Millesimal fineness : 50 ‰
Diameter : 24,00 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 2,58 g.
Rarity : R2
Officine: 2e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan mince, très large et irrégulier avec les grènetis complets des deux côtés. Usure importante, mais régulière, parfaitement lisible et identifiable. Patine grise avec des reflets métalliques marron
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Obverse


Obverse legend : GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS NOB C.
Obverse description : Buste radié, drapé et cuirassé de Galère César à droite vu de trois quarts en avant (A).
Obverse translation : “Galerius Valerius Maximianus Nobilissimus Cæsar”, (Galère Valère Maximien très noble césar).

Reverse


Reverse legend : CONCORDIA AVGG/ -|-// (MASSUE).
Reverse description : Deux Concordes debout face à face, tenant chacune une corne d'abondance ; à l'exergue, la massue est tournée à gauche.
Reverse translation : “Concordia Augustorum”, (La Concorde des augustes).

Commentary


Poids extrêmement léger. Avec son argenture superficielle. Rubans de type 3 aux extrémités bouletées. Ptéryges à peine visibles sous le paludamentum. Trace de cassure de coin perceptible dans la légende de revers au niveau de AVGG. Sur cet exemplaire, la massue est tournée à gauche. Nous n’avons pas relevé d’identité de coin pertinente. C’est le onzième exemplaire recensé. Prendra le n° 494g dans le Supplément III du Bastien.

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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