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brm_914632 - GALERIUS Follis ou nummus

GALERIUS Follis ou nummus AU
75.00 €(Approx. 80.25$ | 63.00£)
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Type : Follis ou nummus
Date: 308-311
Mint name / Town : Nicomedia
Metal : copper
Diameter : 26,5 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 5,94 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 4e
Coments on the condition:
Flan large, centré des deux côtés. Superbe portrait. Revers bien venu à la frappe. Patine foncée
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS P F AVG.
Obverse description : Tête laurée de Galère Auguste à droite (O*).
Obverse translation : "Imperator Cæsar Galerius Valerius Maximianus Pius Felix Augustus", (L'empereur césar Galère Valère Maximien pieux heureux auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : GENIO AV-GVSTI CMH/ -|-// SMN.
Reverse description : Genius (Le Génie du Peuple Romain) debout à gauche, le manteau sur l'épaule gauche, tenant une patère de la main droite d'où se déverse de la liqueur, et une corne d'abondance de la main gauche.
Reverse legend : D.
Reverse translation : “Genio Augusti”, (Au Génie de l'auguste).

Commentary


Type de revers inhabituel.

Historical background


GALERIUS

(1/03/293-5/05/311)

Augustus

Galley was of humble origin. Chosen as Caesar on March 1 or May 1, 293, he was subordinate to Diocletian to help him govern the East. Galerius suffered a crushing defeat in 296 against the Sassanids but the following year he defeated Narses. According to Lactantius, he was at the origin of the persecution of Christians in 302-303. During Diocletian's illness, he pushes the latter to abdicate. Diocletian and Maximian leave power on May 1, 305 to Galerius and Constance who become august. The last six years of his life, he will helplessly witness the disintegration of the political regime created by Diocletian: the Tetrarchy. He died on May 5, 311 after having interrupted, five days before, the persecution against Christians.

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