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DIOCLETIANUS, 284-305 - AE Antoninianus, Antiochia (293-294)

weight 4,93gr. ; billon Ø 20mm.

obv. Radiate bust right, wearing cuirass and paludamentum
IMP CC VAL DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG
rev. Diocletianus receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter
CONCORDIA MILITVM, ЄΔ in field, XXI in exergue

Cohen 34 ; RIC 322 ; Sear 12637
xf- à vf/xf

70,00 



DIOCLETIANUS, 284-305 - AE Follis, Antiochia (300-301)

weight 9,90gr. ; bronze Ø 25mm.

obv. Laureate head right  IMP C DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG
rev. Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopiae
GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, in field K E V, in exergue ANT

Cohen 101 ; RIC 54a
vf

55,00 



DIOCLETIAN, 284-305 - AE Sestertius, Rome (circa 285) - THE LAST SESTERTIUS

weight 4,75gr. ; bronze Ø 23,5mm.

obv. Laureate head right, wearing cuirass and paludamentum,
surrounded by the legend; IMP DIOCLETIANVS AVG
rev. Pax running left, holding branch and sceptre,
surrounded by the legend; PAX AVG

It concerns here the last sestertius, minted shortly before the monetary reforms of Diocletian in which was no place anymore for the sestertius. Extremely rare historical coin of great numismatic importance.

Cohen 359 ; RIC 200 ; Sear- RRR
provenance; ex. collection Hannelore Scheiner
Wonderful coin with fine details and dark brown patina
vf/xf à xf-

2.250,00 



DIOCLETIANUS, 284-305 - AR Argenteus, Siscia (294-295)

weight 2,46gr. ; silver Ø 18mm.

obv. Laureate head right  DIOCLETIANVS AVG
rev. The four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod-altar with military camp
in background  VICTORIA SARMAT

Cohen 488 ; RIC 36 (R5) ; Jelocnik 4c
Extremely rare coin in an attractive condition.
vf+ à vf/xf

1.395,00 



DIOCLETIAN, 283-305 - AR Argenteus, Nicomedia (295)

weight 3,27gr. ; silver Ø 19mm.

obv. Laureate head of Diocletianus right,
surrounded by the legend; DIOCLETIANVS AVG
rev. The four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod-altar with military camp
in background, surrounded by the legend; VICTORIA SARMATICA,
SMNΓ in exergue

The reverse legend of this coin refers to a victory over the Sarmatians. In 289 the Sarmatians were defeated by Diocletianus and Maximianus. Maximianus accepts the title Sarmaticus Maximus.

The Sarmatians (Latin: Sarmatae or Sauromatae) were a large confederation of Iranian people during classical antiquity, flourishing from about the 5th century BC to the 4th century AD. They spoke Scythian, an Indo-European language from the Eastern Iranian family. The Sarmatians moved to an area called Sarmatia; east of Germania and north of the immediate vicinity of the Danube. These barbarous and little know tribes also occupied the vast tracts of modern Ukraine/Russia.

Cohen 491 ; RIC 19a (R4) ; cf. Sear 12615 RRR
Extremely rare coin in an excellent condition. Mint state.
unc

2.350,00 



DIOCLETIANUS, 284-205 - AR Argenteus, Rome (294-297)

weight 2,37 ; silver Ø 18mm.

obv. Laureate head right  DIOCLETIANVS AVG
rev. The four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod-altar
with military camp in background  VIRTVS MILITVM
Δ in exergue

Cohen- (cf. 516) ; RIC 40a ; Sear- R
Small bumb on reverse. Attractive portrait. Rare.
vf- à f/vf

195,00 



MAXIMIANUS HERCULIUS, 286-310 - BI Antoninianus, Cyzikus (295-299)

weight 3,18gr. ; billon Ø 20mm.

obv. Radiate bust right, wearing paludamentum and cuirass
IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS P F AVG
rev. Maximianus receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter
CONCORDIA MILITVM, K B in field

Cohen 54 ; RIC 15b ; Sear 13315
Attractive portrait. Dark patina.
vf/xf à vf

50,00 



MAXIMIANUS I HERCULIUS, 286-310 - AE Antoninianus, Siscia (289-290)

weight 3,68gr. ; base silver Ø 23mm.

obv. Radiate and cuirassed bust right  IMP CMA MAXIMIANVS PF AVG
rev. Maximianus and Hercules standing  CONSERVATOR AVGG

Cohen 71 ; RIC 580 R
vf/xf

65,00 



MAXIMIANUS I HERCULIUS, 286-310 - AE Follis, Ticinum (306)

weight 8,15gr. ; bronze Ø 28mm.

obv. Laureate head right  IMP C MAXIMIANVS P F AVG
rev. Fides Militum seated left, holding two standards  FIDES MILITVM,
dot in right field, TT in exergue

Cohen 114 ; RIC- (cf. 64 en 73) RRR
Extremely rare and very attractive coin with beautiful portrait.
xf

425,00 



MAXIMIANUS I HERCULIUS, 286-310 - BI Follis, Siscia (299)

weight 8,16gr. ; billon Ø 28mm.

obv. Laureate head right  IMP MAXIMIANVS P F AVG
rev. Genius wearing modius standing left, holding patera and cornucopiae,
GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Γ in right field, SIS in exergue

Cohen 159 ; RIC 108b ; Sear 13258
vf/xf

75,00 



MAXIMIANUS HERCULIUS, 286-310 - BI Follis, Rome (circa 299)

weight 8,81gr. ; billon Ø 27mm.

obv. Laureate head right  IMP C MAXIMIANVS P F AVG
rev. Genius wearing modius standing left, holding patera and cornucopiae,
GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, S* in exergue

Cohen 179 ; RIC 94b ; Sear 13255
vf

55,00 



MAXIMIANUS HERCULIUS, 286-310 - BI Follis, Siscia (circa 295)

weight 10,03gr. ; billon Ø 26mm.

obv. Laureate head right  IMP C MAXIMIANVS P F AVG
rev. Genius wearing modius standing left, holding patera and cornucopiae,
GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, A in right field, *SIS in exergue

Cohen 179 ; RIC 85b ; Sear 13257 S
vf-/vf+

55,00 



MAXIMIANUS I HERCULIUS, 286-310 - BI Follis, Lugdunum (301-303)

weight 7,73gr. ; billon Ø 29mm.

obv. Laureate and cuirassed bust right  IMP MAXIMIANVS AVG
rev. Genius wearing modius standing left, holding patera and cornucopiae,
altar at feet  GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, B in field to right, PLG in exergue

Cohen 198 ; RIC 108b
Minor flancrack. About as struck with excellent details. Rare this nice.
unc-

325,00 



MAXIMIANUS I HERCULIUS, 286-310 - BI Follis, Rome (302-303)

weight 8,44gr. ; billon Ø 29mm.

obv. Laureate head right  IMP C MAXIMIANVS P F AVG
rev. Moneta standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae, star in right field,
SAC MON VRB AVGG ET CAESS N N, S in exergue

Cohen 502 ; RIC 132b ; Sear 13291
vf+

80,00 



MAXIMIANUS I HERCULIUS, 286-310 - BI Follis, Siscia (circa 301)

weight 10,61gr. ; billon Ø 29mm.

obv. Laureate head right  IMP  MAXIMIANVS P F AVG
rev. Moneta standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae, star in left field,
Γ in right field, SAC MON VRB AVGG ET CAESS N N, SIS in exergue

Cohen 504 ; RIC 134b ; Sear 13302
vf+

80,00 



MAXIMIANUS I HERCULIUS, 286-310 - AR Argenteus, Cyzikus (294-295)

weight 3,28gr. ; silver Ø 17mm.

obv. Laureate head of Maximianus right,
surrounded by the legend; MAXIMIANVS AVG
rev. The four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod-altar with 
military camp in background, surrounded by the legend;
VICTORIA SARMATICA, C M in exergue

Cohen 551 ; RIC 5b (R5) ; cf. Sear 13095 RRRR
Wonderful coin of the highest rarity.
xf/xf-

2.150,00 



MAXIMIANUS I HERCULIUS, 286-310 - AR Argenteus, Nicomedia (295-296)

weight 3,29gr. ; silver Ø 19mm.

obv. Laureate head right  MAXIMIANVS AVG
rev.
Four-turreted gateway of military camp with open doors,
star above entrance  VICTORIAE SARMATICAE, SMNΓ in exergue

The reverse legend of this coin refers to a victory over the Sarmatians. In 289 the Sarmatians were defeated by Diocletianus and Maximianus. Maximianus accepts the title Sarmaticus Maximus.

The Sarmatians (Latin: Sarmatae or Sauromatae) were a large confederation of Iranian people during classical antiquity, flourishing from about the 5th century BC to the 4th century AD. They spoke Scythian, an Indo-European language from the Eastern Iranian family. The Sarmatians moved to an area called Sarmatia; east of Germania and north of the immediate vicinity of the Danube. These barbarous and little know tribes also occupied the vast tracts of modern Russia.

Cohen 553 ; RIC 25b (R3) RRR
Attractive coin with light patina. Extremely rare.
vf/xf

1.095,00 



MAXIMIANUS I HERCULIUS, 286-310 - AR Argenteus, Thessalonika (circa 302)

weight 3,29gr. ; silver Ø 19,5mm.

obv. Laureate head of Maximianus right, surrounded by the legend;
MAXIMIANVS AVG
rev. Four-turreted gateway of military camp with open doors,
star above entrance, surrounded by the legend;
VICTORIAE SARMATICAE, TS•A• in exergue

The reverse legend of this coin refers to a victory over the Sarmatians. In 289 the Sarmatians were defeated by Diocletianus and Maximianus. Maximianus accepts the title Sarmaticus Maximus.

The Sarmatians (Latin: Sarmatae or Sauromatae) were a large confederation of Iranian people during classical antiquity, flourishing from about the 5th century BC to the 4th century AD. They spoke Scythian, an Indo-European language from the Eastern Iranian family. The Sarmatians moved to an area called Sarmatia; east of Germania and north of the immediate vicinity of the Danube. These barbarous and little know tribes also occupied the vast tracts of modern Ukraine/Russia.

RIC mentions this coin type only for Galerius. For Maximianus Herculius
this coin type seems to be unpublished. Coin of the highest rarity.

cf. Cohen 553 ; RIC- (cf. page 510,no.10 = Galerius = R5) RRRR
Very minor flan crack.
Beautiful lustrous coin with excellent details. Near mint state.
unc-

2.850,00 



MAXIMIANUS I HERCULIUS, 286-310 - AR Argenteus, Treverorum (295-297)

weight 3,12gr. ; silver Ø 20mm.

obv. Laureated head of Maximianus right,
surrounded by the legend; MAXIMIANVS AVG
rev. The four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod-altar with
military camp in background, surrounded by the legend;
VIRTVS MILITVM, C in exergue

Cohen 622 ; RIC 109b ; cf. Jelocnik 96 R
Wonderful coin with excellent details. Rare.
xf/unc

1.150,00 



MAXIMIANUS I HERCULIUS, 286-310 - BI Antoninianus, Lugdunum (287-289)

weight 3,67gr. ; billon Ø 22mm.

obv. Helmeted and radiated bust right, wearing paludamentum and cuirass
IMP C MAXIMIANVS P AVG
rev. Hercules standing right, strangling the Nemean lion, his club on ground
behind and crowned by Victory flying right behind him  VIRTVTI AVGG

Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maximianus, was born of humble parents in Pannonia, and had acquired such fame by his services in the army, that Diocletian selected this rough soldier for his colleague. He was made Caesar in 285 and Augustus in 286, conferring at the same time the honorary appellation of Herculius. The dual system evidently worked well. About 287, the two rulers′ relationship was re-defined in religious terms, with Diocletian assuming the title Iovius and Maximian Herculius. The titles were pregnant with symbolism: Diocletian-Jove had the dominant role of planning and commanding; Maximian-Hercules the heroic role of completing assigned tasks. Yet despite the symbolism, the emperors were not ″gods″ in the Imperial cult (although they may have been hailed as such in Imperial panegyrics). Instead, they were the gods′ instruments, imposing the gods′ will on earth. Once the rituals were over, Maximian assumed control of the government of the West and was dispatched to Gaul to fight the rebels known as Bagaudae while Diocletian returned to the East. After having been reluctantly compelled to abdicate, at Milan in 305, he was again invested with the imperial title by his son Maxentius, in the following year (306). He was compelled by Constantine to put an end to his own life in 310.

Cohen 654 ; RIC 462 ; Bastien 233 ; Sear 13198 RR
vf+

445,00 



MAXIMIANUS I HERCULIUS, 286-310 - AR Argenteus, Ticinum (circa 300)

weight 3,17gr. ; silver Ø 18mm.

obv. Laureate head of Maximianus right,
surrounded by the legend; MAXIMIANVS AVG
rev. Laurel-wreath enclosing the value and mintmark XCVI / T in two lines

This argenteus shows us on the reverse  the value of the coin  
in Roman numerals ″96 to the Roman pound of silver″

The argenteus denomination was introduced by Diocletian in a coin reform of circa 294. It was a coin the size of denarius and of good, almost pure, silver. Silver coins of this quality had not been seen since the first century under Nero. After a substantial output until about AD 300, production tapered off and quit about 310. Constantine resumed minting silver coins with new denominations circa 315, but they are rare. After 337 the silver denomination we know as the siliqua is common.

Cohen 698 ; RIC 20b (R3) RRR
Wonderful uncirculated coin with excellent details. Mint state. Very Rare.
unc

2.850,00 



CONSTANTIUS I CHLORUS as Caesar, 293-305 - AR Argenteus, Rome (294)

weight 3,07gr. ; silver Ø 18mm.

obv. Laureate head right  CONSTANTIVS CAES
rev. The four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod-altar with
military camp in background  VIRTVS MILITVM

Coin without mintmark. Very rare.

Cohen 314 ; RIC 29a ; Jelocnik 65a RR
vf/xf

695,00 



CONSTANTIUS I CHLORUS as Caesar, 293-305 - AR Argenteus, Rome (295-297)

weight 3,11gr. ; silver Ø 18mm.

obv. Laureate head right  CONSTANTIVS CAES
rev. The four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod-altar with military
camp in background  VIRTVS MILITVM, A in exergue

Cohen 314 ; RIC 42a
Struck with little bit worn dies, but virtually nearly as struck.
xf/unc à unc-

725,00 



MAXIMIANUS II GALERIUS as Caesar, 293-305 - BI Antoninianus, Kyzikus (295-299)

weight 2,58gr. ; billon Ø 22mm.

obv. Radiate bust right, wearing paludamentum and cuirass
GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES

rev. Galerius in military attire standing right, holding short sceptre
and receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter standing left holding long
sceptre CONCORDIA MILITVM, KA between them

Cohen 22 ; RIC 18b ; cf. Sear 14294
vf/xf

75,00 



MAXIMIANUS II GALERIUS as Caesar, 293-305 - AR Argenteus, Ticinum (295)

weight 2,80gr. ; silver Ø 18mm.

obv. Laureate head right  MAXIMIANVS  CAESAR
rev. The four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod-altar with
military camp in background  VICTORIA SARMAT

The reverse legend of this coin refers to a victory over the Sarmatians. In 289 the Sarmatians were defeated by Diocletianus and Maximianus. Maximianus accepts the title Sarmaticus Maximus.

The Sarmatians (Latin: Sarmatae or Sauromatae) were a large confederation of Iranian people during classical antiquity, flourishing from about the 5th century BC to the 4th century AD. They spoke Scythian, an Indo-European language from the Eastern Iranian family. The Sarmatians moved to an area called Sarmatia; east of Germania and north of the immediate vicinity of the Danube. These barbarous and little know tribes also occupied the vast tracts of modern Ukraine/Russia.

Cohen 208 ; RIC 17b (R3) ; Jelocnik 31 RR
Lustrous uncirculated coin with excellent details.
Very rare.
unc

1.595,00 



MAXIMIANUS II GALERIUS as Caesar, 293-305 - AR Argenteus, Treverorum / Trier (295-297)

weight 3,06gr. ; silver Ø 20mm.
Officina 4

obv. Laureate head of Maximianus Galerius right,
surrounded by the legend;  MAXIMIANVS  NOB C
rev. The four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod-altar with
military camp in background, surrounded by the legend;
VIRTVS MILITVM, Δ in exergue

Cohen 216 ; RIC 110b (R4) ; Sear 14260  RRR
Wonderful coin with fine details. Extremely rare.
xf /unc

1.750,00 



MAXIMIANUS II GALERIUS as Caesar, 293-305 - AR Argenteus, Rome (295-297)

weight 3,26gr. ; silver Ø 19mm.

obv. Laureate head right  MAXIMIANVS  CAES
rev. The four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod-altar with
military camp in background  VIRTVS MILITVM, G in exergue

Cohen 219 ; RIC 42 ; Sear 14274 R

Obverse struck with worn dies, but lustrous nearly uncirculated
coin with fine reverse details.

unc-

895,00 



MAXIMIANUS II GALERIUS as Caesar, 293-305 - AR Argenteus, Alexandria (295-296)

weight 3,32gr. ; silver Ø 19mm.
Officina 1

obv. Laureate head of Maximianus Galerius right,
surrounded by the legend; MAXIMIANVS CAESAR
rev. Three-turreted gateway of military camp, surrounded by the legend;
VIRTVS MILITVM, letter A in field to right, ALE in exergue

Unpublished with CAESAR instead of the usual CAES. Extremely rare.

cf. Cohen 225 ; RIC- (cf. 13b = R5) ; Sear - (cf. 14276) RRRR
Beautiful lustrous coin with excellent details. Near mintstate.
unc-

2.850,00 



MAXIMIANUS I HERCULIUS, 286-310 - AR Argenteus, Ticinum / Pavia (circa 300)

weight 3,16gr. ; silver Ø 18mm.

obv. Laureate head of Maximianus Galerius right,
surrounded by the legend; MAXIMIANVS CAESAR
rev. Laurel-wreath enclosing the value and mintmark XCVI / T in two lines

This argenteus shows us on the reverse  the value of the coin in Roman numerals ″96 to the Roman pound of silver″. The argenteus denomination was introduced by Diocletian in a coin reform of circa 294. It was a coin the size of denarius and of good, almost pure, silver. Silver coins of this quality had not been seen since the first century under Nero. After a substantial output until about 300 AD, production tapered off and quit about 310. Constantine resumed minting silver coins with new denominations circa 315, but they are rare. After 337 the silver denomination we know as the siliqua is common.

Cohen 250 ; RIC 21b (R3) ; Sear 14285 RRR
Wonderful nearly uncirculated coin with excellent details. Very Rare.
unc-

2.350,00 



GALERIA VALERIA, wife of Galerius Maximianus (305-311) - AE Follis, Tessalonika (308-310)

weight 7,91gr. ; bronze Ø 25mm.

obv. Diademed and draped bust right  GAL VALERIA AVG
rev. Venus standing left, holding appel in right hand, and lifting her skirt
with left hand  VENERI VICTRICI, in field * - S, in exergue •SM•TS•

Cohen 3 ; cf. RIC 110 (official S not listed) ; cf. Sear 14592 RR
Minor weakness. attractive coin with good portrait.
vf/xf à vf+

235,00 



GALERIA VALERIA, wife of Galerius Maximianus - BI Follis, Heraklea (308-309)

weight 4,15gr. ; bronze Ø 24mm.

obv. Diademed bust right  GAL VALERIA AVG
rev. Venus standing left, holding appel in right hand, and lifting her skirt
with left hand  VENERI VICTRICI, HTA in exergue

Cohen 2 ; RIC 43 ; Sear 14593  S
vf/vf-

110,00 



GALERIA VALERIA, wife of Galerius Maximianus (305-311) - AE Follis, Alexandria (308-310)

weight 6,05gr. ; bronze Ø 23,5mm.

obv. Diademed bust right  GAL VALERIA AVG
rev. Venus standing left, holding appel in right hand, and lifting her skirt
with left hand  VENERI VICTRICI, in field K - ΓP, in exergue ALE

Cohen 2 ; RIC 110 S
very attractive coin with beautiful portrait
xf-

295,00 



SEVERUS II as Caesar, 305-306 - BI Follis, Treverorum (305-306)

weight 10,16gr. ; billon Ø 27mm.
officina P 

obv. Laureate and cuirassed bust of Severus right
FL VAL SEVERVS NOB C
rev. Genius, turreted, nude, loins draped, standing left, holding patera
in right hand and cornucopiae in left hand GENIO POPVLI ROMANI,
S - F in field, PTR in exergue

Cohen 36 ; RIC 651 ; Sear 14631var.  R
Attractive coin with fine details. Rare.
vf/xf

190,00 



SEVERUS II as Caesar, 305-306 - BI Follis, Ticinum (305)

weight 9,37gr. ; billon Ø 27,5mm.

obv. Laureate head right  SEVERVS NOB CAESAR
rev. Mars advancing right, holding transverse spear and trophy over left shoulder
VIRTVS AVGG ET CAESS NN, dot in left field, ST in exergue

Cohen 70 ; RIC 58a ; Sear 14641 R
Wonderful coin is an excellent state, nearly as struck.
xf/unc

625,00 



MAXIMINUS II DAIA AS CAESAR, 305-308 - AE Follis, Heraklea (308)

weight 5,81gr. ; billon 26mm.
officina B

obv. Head of Maximinus Daia, laureate, right; ties divergent, with pointed truncation
GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB CAES
rev. Genius, wearing modius, nude, chlamys draped over left shoulder, standing left,
holding patera in right hand and holding cornucopiae in left hand;
liquid flowing from patera GENIO CAESARIS, •HTB• in exergue

Cohen 40 ; RIC 36 ; Sear 14721
Dark patina.
vf

55,00 



MAXIMINUS II DAIA AS CAESAR, 305-308 - AE Follis, Alexandria (308)

weight 7,01gr. ; billon 23mm.
officina B

obv. Head of Maximinus Daia, laureate, right; ties divergent,
with pointed truncation  GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB CAES
rev. Genius, wearing modius, nude, chlamys draped over left shoulder,
standing left, holding patera in right hand and holding cornucopiae in
left hand  GENIO CAESARIS, K - B P in field, ALE in exergue

Cohen 40 ; RIC 99a ; Sear 14730
Beautiful lustrous coin. Near mintstate.
Rare this nice
unc-

295,00 



MAXIMINUS II DAIA AS CAESAR, 305-308 - AE Follis, Nikomedia (308)

weight 5,67gr. ; billon 25mm.
officina Γ

obv. Head of Maximinus Daia, laureate, right; ties divergent, with pointed truncation
GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB CAES
rev. Genius, wearing modius, nude, chlamys draped over left shoulder, standing left,
holding patera in right hand and holding cornucopiae in left hand;
liquid flowing from patera

GENIO CAESARIS CMH, SMNΓ in exergue
Cohen 45 ; RIC 55 ; Sear 14722
Dark patina.
vf/vf-

45,00 



MAXIMINUS II DAIA AS CAESAR, 305-308 - BI ¼ follis, Siscia (305-306)

weight 2,08gr. ; billon 18mm.

obv. Head of Maximinus Daia, laureate, right; ties divergent,
with pointed truncation MAXIMINVS NOB C
rev. Genius, wearing modius, nude, chlamys draped over left shoulder,
standing left, holding patera in right hand and holding cornucopiae in
left hand  GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, SIS in exergue

Cohen 84 ; RIC 171b ; Sear 14798 R
Dark patina. Rare.
f/vf

45,00 



MAXIMINUS II DAIA, 309-313 - AE Follis, Antiochia (312)

weight 4,46gr. ; billon Ø 20mm.
officina B

obv. Laureate head of Maximinus right 
IMP C C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG
rev. Genius standing left, holding head of Sol en cornucopiae,
GENIO AVGVSTI,  ✷ - B in field, ANT in exergue

Cohen 21 ; RIC 164b ; Sear 14840
vf

35,00 



TIME OF MAXIMINUS II DAIA - SEMI-AUTONOMOS ANONYMOUS COINAGE - AE ¼ Nummus, Antiochia (circa 312-313)

weight 1,80gr. ; bronze Ø 15mm.
officina S

obv. Tyche of Antioch enthroned facing, river god swimming at her feet
GENIO ANTIOCHINI
rev. Apollo standing left holding patera and lyre, APOLLONI SANCTO,
S in field to right, SMA in exergue.

A vigorous persecution of the Christians had been initiated by Diocletianus in 303 AD, though Galerius was almost certainly the chief instigator of the imperial edict. The feect was largely felt in the East, where Galerius and Maximianus held sway in the years following Diocletianus′ abdication in 305. Although Galerius abandoned the policy of Christian persecution shortly before his death in 311, Maximinus Daja refused to extend religious toleration tot he territories under his control and even increased the fervour of persecution for a further year and a half. Eventually by the end of 312 he came to realize that he was being politically outmanoeuvred by his western rivals on the question of religious policy, as evidenced by the edict on toleration promulgated by Constantine and Licinius at Milan early in 313. Maximinus finally renounced his persecution of the Christians but soon thereafter he was defeated in battle by Licinius, resulting in his political downfall. In the territories of Maximinus Daja a small group of civic coins where issued in the mints of Nicomedia, Antiochia and Alexandria. Formally these issues were attributed tot he period of the pagan revival under Julianus II Apostate (360-363), however after recent studies now it seems clear that these issues belong the the time of Maximinus′ persecutions in 311-312 AD. Highly interesting historical coin and rare.

Coh.1(Julianis II) ; Kankelfitz 23 (Julianus II) ; McAlee 170(f) ;
van Heesch (1993), pag.66, pl.11,3 ; Sear 14927 
R
xf-

225,00 



TIME OF MAXIMINUS II DAIA - SEMI-AUTONOMOS ANONYMOUS COINAGE - AE ¼ Nummus, Antiochia (circa 312-313)

weight 1,10gr. ; bronze Ø 14mm.
officina Є

obv. Jupiter seated left, holding globe and scepter
IOVI CONSERVATORI
rev. Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm frond
VICTORIA AVGG, Є in right field, ANT in exergue

A vigorous persecution of the Christians had been initiated by Diocletianus in 303 AD, though Galerius was almost certainly the chief instigator of the imperial edict. The feect was largely felt in the East, where Galerius and Maximianus held sway in the years following Diocletianus′ abdication in 305. Although Galerius abandoned the policy of Christian persecution shortly before his death in 311, Maximinus Daja refused to extend religious toleration tot he territories under his control and even increased the fervour of persecution for a further year and a half. Eventually by the end of 312 he came to realize that he was being politically outmanoeuvred by his western rivals on the question of religious policy, as evidenced by the edict on toleration promulgated by Constantine and Licinius at Milan early in 313. Maximinus finally renounced his persecution of the Christians but soon thereafter he was defeated in battle by Licinius, resulting in his political downfall. In the territories of Maximinus Daja a small group of civic coins where issued in the mints of Nicomedia, Antiochia and Alexandria. Formally these issues were attributed tot he period of the pagan revival under Julianus II Apostate (360-363), however after recent studies now it seems clear that these issues belong the the time of Maximinus′ persecutions in 311-312 AD. Highly interesting historical coin and rare.

Cohen 53 (Julianus II) ; RIC- ; van Heesch 2 ; Sear 14932 R
vf/xf

195,00 



LICINIUS I, 308-324 - AE Follis, Tessalonika (312-313)

weight 4,18gr. ; bronze Ø 23mm.

obv. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
IMP LIC LICINIVS P F AVG
rev. Naked Jupiter standing left, holding Victora in right hand and sceptre
in left hand, eagle with wreath in beak at feet  IOVI CONSERVATORI
AVGG NN, •TS•Γ• in exergue

Cohen 123 ; RIC 60 ; Sear 15251
very attractive portrait with fine details
xf-

90,00 





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