Category Archives: The Tetrarchy AD 284-324

Diocletian Antoninianus

Diocletain Antoninianus, Emperor AD 284-305, struck at Lugdunum AD 285, RIC 91, 23 mm, 3.8 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Diocletian facing right, IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS PF AVG, Reverse:  Victory standing half-left, holding her wreath in her upraised right hand and cradling her palm branch in her left arm, VICTORIA AVG, A in the left field, a sharp and full silvered coin with areas of very lovely light reddish highlights, especially on the reverse, well centered and struck on a broad flan, a very lovely and attractive coin, one I cannot seem to find many examples of, but that is just my observation, Asking price:  $145 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Maxentius Follis

Maxentius Follis, Emperor AD 306-312, minted at Rome AD 308-310, RIC 210, 7.4 gms, Obverse:  laureate bust of Maxentius facing right, IMP C MAXENTIVS PF AVG, Reverse:  Roma seated facing in a hexastyle temple, her head turned left, holding a globe in her right hand and a long scepter in her left, a shield at the base of the scepter, a wreath in the temple’s pediment, CONSERV VRB SVAE, RBP in exergue, a very attractive coin with pretty even yellow/brown patina, a very bold, impressive, and detailed portrait of Maxentius, a detailed Roma and temple on the reverse, and full and clear legends with the exception of CO in CONSERV on the reverse partly off the flan and VG in AVG on the obverse just barely partly off the flan, a well struck and centered coin with those exceptions, Asking price:  $170 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Licinius I AE 3 Follis

Licinius I AE 3 Follis, Emperor AD 308-324, minted at Cyzicus AD 317-320, RIC 9, Obverse: laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Licinius I facing left, holding a mappa in his right hand and a scepter in his left, IMP LICINIVS AVG, Reverse: Jupiter standing left, holding his scepter in his left hand and a globe on which Victory is perched in his right, a wreath in the left field, E in the right, IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG, SMK in exergue, a lovely coin with very, very light black patina and super surfaces, very nice portrait of the emperor and a detailed Jupiter and devices on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides with the exception of IM in IMP partly off the flan on the obverse, Asking price: $45 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Diocletian Follis

Diocletian Follis, Emperor AD 284-305, struck at Heraclea AD 297-298, RIC 19a, Obverse:  laureate bust of Diocletian facing right, IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG, Reverse:  Genius standing facing, his head turned left, wearing a modius on his head and pouring liquid from a patera in his right hand, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, HTA in exergue, an attractive coin with steel gray patina, a very bold and detailed portrait of Diocletian, a more than decently detailed Genius on the reverse, full and clear obverse legend, GENIO in the reverse legend worn/not fully struck up, a very nice follis, Asking price:  $42 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Licinius I AE 3

Licinius I AE 3, Emperor AD 308-324, minted at Cyzicus AD 317-320, RIC 9, Obverse:  laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Licinius I facing left, holding mappa in his right hand and a scepter over his shoulder with his left, IMP LICINIVS AVG, Reverse:  Jupiter standing left, holding a scepter in his left hand and a globe on which Victory is perched in his right, a wreath in left field, B in right field, IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG, SMK in exergue, a lovely coin with even light green patina, very nice portrait of Licinius, detailed Jupiter on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, very mild surface roughness noted for accuracy, hardly perceptible in hand, a little gem of a coin in my opinion, Asking price:  $43 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Maximinus II Follis

Maximinus II Follis, Emperor AD 309-313, minted at Antioch AD 310-311, RIC 147c, 5.7 gms, Obverse:  laureate bust of Maximinus II facing right, IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS PF AVG, Reverse:  Genius standing left, wearing a modius, a burning altar at his feet, holding a patera from which liquid is flowing in his right hand and a cornucopia in his left arm, a crescent in the upper left field, A in right field, GENIO EXERCITVS, ANT in exergue, a very lovely coin with light chocolate brown patina, a superb portrait of Maximinus II, detailed Genius and devices on the reverse, a well struck and centered coin with full and clear legends on both sides with the exception of an E and the V on the reverse not fully struck up, Asking price:  $72 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Constantius I Chlorus Follis

Constantius I Chlorus Follis, Caesar AD 293-305, Emperor AD 305-306, minted at Antioch AD 299-300, RIC 53a, 25.5 x 27 mm, 7.9 gms, Obverse:  laureate bust of Constantius I facing right, FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, Reverse:  Genius standing half-left, his head turned left, wearing a modius, holding a patera from which liquid is flowing with his right hand and a cornucopia in his left arm, A in right field, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, ANT in exergue, a lovely coin with attractive chocolate brown patina, great portrait of the father of Constantine I, detailed Genius on the reverse and full and clear legends on both sides, Asking price:  $92 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Maximinus II Follis

Maximinus II Follis, Emperor AD 309-313, struck AD 312 at Antioch, RIC 164b, 20.5 mm, 3.45 gms, Obverse:  laureate bust of Maximinus II facing right, IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS PF AVG, Reverse:  Genius standing left, a modius on his head, holding the head of Sol in his upraised right palm and a cornucopia in his left arm, a star in the lower left field, A in central right field, GENIO AVGVSTI, ANT in exergue, a choice example of this issue with a light green patina, great portrait of Maximinus II, detailed Genius and Sol (well, his head, anyway), a well struck and centered coin with full and clear legends on both sides, graded Choice VF by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it, Asking price:  $69 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Maximinus II Follis

Maximinus II Follis, Caesar AD 305-308, Emperor AD 309-313, struck as Caesar at Nicomedia AD 307-308, RIC 55, 25.5 x 27.5 mm, 7.8 gms, Obverse:  laureate bust of Maximinus II facing right, GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB CAES, Reverse:  Genius standing left, holding a patera from which liquid is flowing in his right hand and a cornucopia in his left arm, GENIO CAESARIS CMH, SMNB in exergue, a lovely follis with light gray patina, with the lighter color in the fields nicely setting off the detail, very nice portrait of Maximinus II, detailed Genius on the reverse, A in CAES in the obverse legend not fully struck up, and MH in the reverse legend not fully struck, with those exceptions full and clear legends, a very attractive coin, Asking price:  $52 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Maxentius Follis

Maxentius Follis, Emperor AD 306-312, minted at Rome, RIC 210?, RIC 258?, Obverse:  laureate bust of Maxentius facing right, IMP C MAXENTIVS P F AVG, Reverse:  Roma seated left in hexastyle temple, her head turned left, holding a globe in her right hand and a long scepter in her left, a shield at the side, a wreath in the pediment of the temple, CONSERV VRB SVAE, RBS in exergue, an attractive coin with light chocolate brown patina actually well struck and centered, though the irregular flan causes VRB SVAE on the reverse to be not fully struck up and/or off the flan, other than that a wonderful and very detailed portrait of Maxentius, a detailed Roma and devices on the reverse, full and clear obverse legend, an “ugly duckling” of a coin due to its irregular flan but a real swan with its superb portrait and detailed reverse, Asking price:  $135 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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