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Galerius Follis

000_3278.JPG000_3276.JPG000_3273.JPG000_3272.JPG000_3271.JPG000_3270.JPG000_3269.JPG000_3266.JPG000_3264.JPGGalerius Follis, Emperor AD 305-311, struck at Thessalonica AD 298-299 as Caesar, RIC VI, 20b, 26.5 x 29 mm, 10.9 gms, Obverse: laureate bust of Galerius facing right, GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES, Reverse: Genius standing left, holding a patera from which a liquid (wine? liquor, as I’ve seen it described?) is flowing, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, TSA in exergue, very attractive light grey/green patina, wonderful portrait of Galerius, detailed reverse, full and sharp legends on both sides, graded VF by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased the coin and who remarks of it: “Nice large, heavy VF Galerius follis with traces of silvering.” Very nice, indeed large, and heavy to boot, a very lovely coin with the silvering and attractive patina and deserving of at least the VF grade (I’d personally grade it a bit higher!), Asking price: $75 includes priority shipping and insurance000_3263.JPG

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Tetrarchy Goes to Pot

000_1859.JPG000_1858.JPG000_1854.JPG000_1851.JPG000_1850.JPG000_1848.JPG000_1846.JPG000_1845.JPG000_1844.JPG000_1842.JPG000_1839.JPG000_1837.JPG000_1833.JPG000_1832.JPGOffered are two coins, of Galerius and Maximinus II. After the death of Constantius I, father of who was to become Constantine I, the tetrarchy went to heck with all sorts of competing personalities, with even Maximianus coming out of “retirement.” Diocletian finally called them all together but the solution suited nobody, and civil war became the state of affairs for years. These coins of Galerius and Maximinus II belong together because they became Augustus and Caesar, respectively, of the Eastern empire after the abdications of Diocletian and Maximianus. Then Constantius I died, and……

Top Coin: Galerius Follis, Caesar under Diocletian AD 293-305, Augustus (of the East) AD 305-311, S 3708 (var.), 26 mm, 10.06 gms, Obverse: laureate bust of Galerius facing right, GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES, Reverse: Genius standing left, holding a patera and a cornucopia, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, lovely and sharp coin with attractive light golden brown patina, wonderful and sharp portrait of Galerius in high relief, detailed reverse, full and clear legends on both sides. Graded About EF by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased the coin.000_1831.JPG Galerius died in AD 311, and mostly likely very frustrated. The illness which laid him in his grave may have been a blessing because he spent much of his time as Caesar trying to defeat the Persians and placating Diocletian. Then as Augustus, he tried to hold the empire together by diplomacy and arms, neither of which worked. He was competing against too many personalities: Maximianus and his son Maxentius, Constantine (who’d been elevated by his troops after his father’s death), and even Maximinus II, his own Caesar, whose coin follows.

Bottom Coin: Maximinus II Follis, Caesar under Galerius AD 305-308, Filius Augustorum AD 308-309, Augustus AD 309-313, Van Meter 12, 25 mm, 6.6 gms, Obverse: laureate bust of Maximinus II facing right, GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB CAES, Reverse: Genius standing left, holding a patera and a cornucopia, GENIO CAESARIS CHM, SMNB in exergue, very attractive coin with very light chocolate brown patina with an overall greenish tint (if that makes any sense! It’s a very attractive patina!), small spots of green are stable (and have been for years) and are very difficult to see even in bright light in hand though they are no detraction at all anyway. They are built right in to the patina and are attractive to me. Full and clear legends on both sides of the coin. Maximinus II was as frustrated as Galerius, it seems. To placate him and Constantine, Galerius elevated them both to a new title just for them: Filius Augustorum. Upon Galerius’s death, Maximinus declared himself senior Augustus, but then, condensing things here, he found himself confronting an alliance of Constantine (who’d disposed of Maxentius in Rome) and Licinius, who’d been declared Augustus of the West by Galerius after Diocletian’s big conference in AD 308. Maximinus’s forces were defeated by Licinius, and Maximinus ended his own life when he saw all had come to naught. What a mess. And then, of course, Constantine and Licinius went at it tooth and claw, but that’s another twisted chain of events. A beautiful coin, and Maximinus has lived on through it.

Asking price for both coins:  $138 includes priority shipping and insurance

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Galerius Follis

000_1830.JPG000_1829.JPG000_1825.JPG000_1824.JPG000_1821.JPG000_1820.JPG000_1818.JPG000_1816.JPG000_1815.JPGGalerius Follis, Caesar AD 293-305, Emperor AD 305-311, Van Meter 35, 10.6 gms, Obverse: laureate bust of Galerius facing right, MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES, Reverse: Moneta standing left, holding scales in her right hand and cradling a cornucopia in her left arm, SACRA MONET AVGG ET CAESS NOSTR, S T in exergue, light golden honey brown patina, a superb portrait in high relief of Galerius, very detailed reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, though due to the coin being struck on a slightly short flan a bit of the last part of the obverse legend is clipped, a beautiful coin with lovely toning and great detail, graded About EF by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it, Asking price: $110 includes priority shipping and insurance000_1812.JPG

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Galerius Follis

000_8617.JPG000_8616.JPG000_8615.JPG000_8613.JPG000_8611.JPG000_8610.JPG000_8609.JPG000_8608.JPG000_8607.JPG000_8606.JPG000_8605.JPG000_8604.JPGAD 305-311, struck at Carthage AD 305-306, RIC-VI-39b-C2, Officina B; Van Meter 36 but with reverse legend 14, 28.1 mm, 8.9 gms, Obverse: laureate bust of Galerius facing right, IMP MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, Reverse: Carthago standing facing, her head left, wearing a long robe and holding fruits in both of her hands, SALVIS AVGG ET CAESS FEL KART, I’m ashamed to say that my photography just doesn’t do this coin justice! The numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it grades it VF and remarks of it: “Deep chocolate brown surfaces that are well centered and struck with light even wear. Attractive.” The coin in hand is very sharp on both obverse and reverse, and the legends are clear and crisp, a lovely coin, Asking price: $88 includes priority shipping and insurance000_8603.JPG

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Galerius Follis

000_2473.JPG000_2470.JPG000_2468.JPG000_2465.JPG000_2464.JPG000_2461.JPG000_2460.JPG000_2459.JPG000_2453.JPG000_2452.JPG000_2451.JPGIssued AD 302-303, only at Rome with this uncommon reverse legend (containing VRB, signifying Rome), 26 X 29.5mm, 11.3 gms, Obverse: laureate bust of Galerius facing right, MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES, Reverse: Moneta standing left holding scales and cornucopia, SACRA MON VRB AVGG ET CAESS NN, star in field, reverse legend variant as described, cheek lightly struck, graded VF by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased the coin, Interesting note of provenance: from an old English collection assembled during an approximately 40 year period, with that owner’s collection ticket included, purchased by him in 1980, an attractive and sharp coin on a broad flan, Asking price: $110 includes priority shipping and insurance000_2450.JPG

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Galerius AE Follis

000_2067.JPG000_2066.JPG000_2064.JPG000_2062.JPG000_2060.JPG000_2059.JPG000_2057.JPG000_2056.JPG000_2055.JPG000_2051.JPGAD 293-305, 29mm, 8.72 gms, Obverse: laureate head of Galerius facing right, GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES, Reverse: Jupiter standing left, holding a scepter in his left arm and Victory perched on a globe in his right hand, IOVI CONS CAES, S in the left field, P in the right field, A above the P, minted at Alexandria, RIC 43, beautiful rich chocolate brown patina, an extraordinary portrait of Galerius, a very detailed Jupiter on the reverse with a technical observation noted that there’s a slightly soft strike at his knees, the little Victory on the globe is a fetching feature in her detail, full and clear legends on both sides, with that one minor “detractor,” a well centered and struck coin on a very large flan, a real beauty indeed, and from my researches it seems a scarcer issue for Galerius,  Asking price: $375 includes priority shipping and insurance000_2050.JPG

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Galerius Follis

000_1664.JPG000_1663.JPG000_1661.JPG000_1659.JPG000_1658.JPG000_1657.JPG000_1655.JPG000_1654.JPG000_1651.JPG000_1650.JPG000_1649.JPG000_1648.JPG000_1647.JPGRIC VI: 30b (or perhaps 32b?) for Aquileia, nice size of 27 X 28mm, 9.6 gms, Obverse: laureate bust of Galerius facing right, MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES, Reverse: Moneta standing left, holding scales in her right hand and cradling a cornucopia in her left arm, SACRA MONET AVGG ET CAESS NOSTR, VI in the right field, AQ Gamma in exergue, Superb EF in grade by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased the coin (and back when Extremely Fine was a superlative grade!), much toned silvering, a bit of the original soil still clings to the edges, a truly beautiful coin well struck and centered with a superb portrait of Galerius, detailed Moneta and devices on the reverse, and full and clear legends on both sides, sharp and very attractive coin, Asking price: $385 includes priority shipping and insurance000_1646.JPG

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