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E-auction 558-491925 - brm_540906 - GALERIUS Follis ou nummus

GALERIUS Follis ou nummus AU/XF
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Estimate : 120 €
Price : 46 €
Maximum bid : 80 €
End of the sale : 25 December 2023 14:15:20
bidders : 9 bidders
Type : Follis ou nummus
Date: 296-303
Mint name / Town : Londres
Metal : copper
Diameter : 30 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 12,71 g.
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan extrêmement large, irrégulier, parfaitement centré des deux côtés avec les grènetis complets à l’usure importante, lisible et identifiable. Patine gris métallique
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES.
Obverse description : Buste lauré et cuirassé de Galère césar à droite, vu de trois quarts en avant (B*).
Obverse translation : “Maximianus Nobilissimus Cæsar”, (Maximien très noble césar).


Reverse legend : GENIO POPV-LI ROMANI/ -|-// -.
Reverse description : Genius (le Génie) debout de face, coiffé du modius, le manteau sur l’épaule gauche, tenant une patère de la main droite et une corne d’abondance de la main gauche.
Reverse translation : “Genio Populi Romani”, (Au Génie du peuple romain).


Poids très lourd. Avec l’intégralité de son argenture superficielle. Rubans de type 3. Grand buste allongé. Cuirasse et épaulière cloutées. Ptéryges larges et tombantes. Légèrement tréflé. portrait particulier taillé à la serpe.

Historical background




Galère is 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 augusts. The last six years of his life, he watched helplessly as the political regime created by Diocletian: the Tetrarchy crumbled. He died on May 5, 311 after having interrupted the persecution against Christians five days earlier..

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