This page has coins of AD 284-364, coins of
Diocletian and the tetrarchy.
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Recent: Jan. 30: Wonderful Diocletian FORTVNA type at the top.
Jan. 24: Sold coins removed.
See the top. Jan. 13, 2020. Diocletian aurelianus.
Skip past the newest and down to the tetrarchy in chronological order.
AE 28-27, large follis, 8.92 grams.
FORTVNAE REDVCI AVGG NN
Struck at Trier (Treveri) [Now in Germany]
RIC Trier 230a. Failmezger 2 "RR". c. 298-299 AD.
Fortuna seated left, holding rudder and cornucopia. TR in exergue.
Fortuna was the Italian goddess of chance or luck in the sense of good fortune, bad fortune, and the future. She contributes to steering the course of events, hence the rudder. Good fortune brings abundance, hence the cornucopia. Our terms "fortunate" and "fortune teller" derive from Fortuna. One aspect pertained to fortune in battle. Fortuna REDVX is her aspect relating to a safe return from trips. The reverse legends on this issue under the tetrarchy are in plural AVGG NN = "of our Augusti," which emphasizes the unity of the college of emperors. Some were away and would hopefully return safely.
Super condition. Ex. MNS (John Lavender) on vcoins. Look at the hair and laurel-wreath detail! Very high grade with nice surfaces. [$375]
Emperors standing facing each other, the left one presenting Victory on globe, the right one with transverse spear down,
B in field, XXI in exergue.
IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS AVG
RIC V.II Diocletian 279, page 249 "Siscia, 292"
Large 23 mm, well-centered. [$49] (As always, compare to vcoins prices.)
[$16] Quarter Follis of Siscia
IMP C MA MAXIMIANVS PF AVG
GENIO POPVLI ROMANI
This is not the usual full-size follis, rarther the scarcer (but not rare) "quarter follis".
RIC Siscia 146, "R3" (RIC rarities are out of date.)
Failmezger 29 [$16]
Chronological order begins here!
One of the less common reverses.
[$25, reduced to $23 SOLD]
IOVI CONSERVAT AVGG
Jupiter with sceptre and thunderbolt, pleasing light cover.
Look at the centering! Slightly better hair detail than the photo shows (especially in front of the wreath). Lovely dark green English patina. An excellent example! A super coin [$95]
Small! Maximian, 286-305 and 305-310
Struck second reign with vows for thirty years
Of course, he was forceably retired at twenty years, so he never should have aspired to thirty, but he did!
VO/TIS/XXX (Type only from Trier)
18-17 mm. 1.98 grams. A very rare denomination-- an AE fraction, sometimes thought to be a quarter follis.
RIC Trier 754 "Rare, c. summer 307"
Zschuche 7.14b "summer 307"
Rare, historical, and very seldom offered. [$139, reduced to $129]
Maximianus 286-305. Aurelianus. 22-21 mm. 4.00 grams.
VOTIS X, Maximian and Diocletian sacrifcing over altar.
Maximian left in consular robes holding eagle-tipped scepter.
RIC 467. Mint of Lugdunum. Datable by the consular robes to a year when he had the consulship: 294.
ex Berk with ticket (not at auction, but fixed-price sale)
Rare and desirable. [$195, reduced to $165]
Compare to: https://cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=384103
[$39] Maximian post-reform radiate. 20 mm.
VOT / XX in wreath, struck 297-8.
Vows for 20 years of reign (which is what Diocletian wanted and imposed)
RIC Rome 85b, "Scarce" and this officina is unlisted. (It is listed for nearby issues, but not this type.)
Should it be worth a lot more for being "not in RIC"? Maybe a little. If that appeals to you, and it does to most collectors somewhat, buy this one. Most collectors don't have any coins "not in RIC."
[$59, reduced to $32] Maximian, 286-305, struck posthumously, 317-318, by Constantine in his 3-emperor commemorative series.
AE 16. (small denomination) RIC Siscia 41, page 429, "r3" (extremely rare, but minor, variety).
Constantius I (293-305-306)
Struck as Caesar
IMP VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB C
VOT XX in wreath
No visible officina number
RIC VI Rome 87e variety. "c.297-8." Footnote 2 says some apparently have no officina number. [$49, reduced to $35]
VOT XX is hard to explain for Constantius with this date. It might be the vows of Diocletian (not Constantius) reconfirmed at year 15 (as proposed by RIC). It might be the coin is really from c. 303 (as the Carthage coins above) and this is vows suscepta for Constantius on the occasion of his ten-year vows. Of, it might be really from c. 303 and the vow number belongs to Diocletian. It is certainly the case that vow numbers can belong to the senior ruler and not the ruler named on the coin.
[$39, reduced to $27] Constantius I. Struck c. 297-8 at Rome. 19 mm. 3.14 grams.
VOT XX A in wreath.
RIC VI Rome 88a. page 360.
A reference to the "20 years" intended for the tetrarchy.
Rare. None on vcoins or MA-Shops as of this writing.
The quarter-follis denomination issued only at Sisica and for only a short while around AD 306. They have the usual follis GENIO POPVLI ROMANI type but in miniature (only 19 mm instead of 27 mm).
[$25, reduced to $17] Constantius I, struck 306
RIC Siscia 167 "R".
IMP C CONSTANTIVS PF AVG
Struck at Ticinum
VOT X T
Vows for ten years of reign,
RIC Tic 39b "c. 299" Failmezger 22 "R" (rare)
[$35, reduced to $29] Galerius as Augustus, struck 305-6
RIC Siscia 169b "R2"
18 mm. Quarter follis. Smaller than the usual large follis.
Lovely light green patina
26 mm. 5.65 grams.
Second wife of Galerius
Struck Dec. 308 - May 310
wearing imperial mantle
[$79, reduced to $63]
half-follis. 20 mm. 3.13 grams.
VICTORIA AETERNA ANG N
Victory standing right inscribing shield with VOT X, captive below to left
RIC Rome 227 "scarce" struck "c. 310"
[$59, reduced to $39]
Maximinus II, 305-310-313
GENIO POPVLI ROMANI
SIS for Siscia
RIC Siscia 171b
The short version of his obverse legend
MAMIMINVS NOB C [$33, reduced to $19]
[$37, reduced to $33] Maximinus II, Daza. 305-310-313 AD.
Struck as Caesar, c. 305-6 at Aquileia. RIC VI Aquileia 68b "scarce" (I'd say "rare")
Large AE30-26. Horseman spearing fallen foe.
VIRTVS AVGG ET CAESS NN
Helmeted bust left with spear over far shoulder. The coin is a little less red than the image on my screen. Rare type (both obverse and reverse are unusual)
Licinius I, 308-324
consular bust right, holding mappa and globe
RIC Heraclea 48 but right, not left. (Error in RIC, according to Berk 111 lot 479 description)
Hunter 37.116 (also notes bust is right, not left)
[$29, reduced to $25]
Licinius I, 308-324
VIRTVS EXERCITVS two captives below standard with VOT XX
and iota-chi in field left
•TS•A for Thessalonica
Helmeted bust right, IMPP LI-CINIVS AVG
RIC Thesssalonica 82 p.508 "r3" plate 16 (rare enough they need to picture it to confirm it)
much surface silvering [$69, reduced to $45]
[$39, reduced to $29] Licinius
19 mm. 3.61 grams
Struck at Heraclea 317
RIC Heraclea 17. Silvering. High grade.
19-18 mm. 2.79 grams
Struck at Heraclea 316-317
RIC Heraclea 15 Nice stern portrait. [$23]
Licinius II, 317-324
19 mm. Tiny head left with scepter and mappa, struck 317
RIC VII Heraclea 19
"Camp gate" PROVIDENTIAE CAESS, MHTDelta
very little wear, silvering mostly tarnished to glossy black
A really cute tiny head! Splendid! [$59, reduced to $49]
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