Constantius I, Roman Emperor AD 293-306. GENIO POPVLI ROMANI
Caesar of the first tetrarchy of the Roman Empire, 293-305, and Augustus of the second, 305-306.
       
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Roman coins ("folles") of the common GENIO POPVLI ROMANI type from various mints. Each has
Genius standing left with a (small) modius* on his head and holding a patera and cornucopia, naked but for a cloak ("chlamys") over his left shoulder and hanging down behind the cornucopia.
     * RIC makes a distinction between a "modius on head"
 and a "head towered" . Often the headdress is somewhere in between these examples and it is so hard to draw the line that I have decided not to attempt to make the distinction. It is not obvious it is an meaningful difference. 

What's new?  2020, August 18.  Constantius from Trier.
                        2020, March 23. Constantius from Nicomedia

London, Treveri (= Trier), Lugdunum (Lyons), Ticinum, Aquileia (none here), Rome, Siscia (none here), Serdica, Thessalonica (none here), Heraclea, Nicomedia, Cyzicus, Antioch, and Alexandria. [Carthage and Ostia are also in RIC volume VI, but neither minted this type.]

            (Click the obverse image to go to a larger image of both sides and its description.) 

                       London                       Lyons                    Lyons                       Ticinum
                      Rome                        Rome                         Serdica                 Heraclea, as Augustus
             Cyzicus, as Augustus                       Antioch                     Alexandria                     Alexandria
                         Trier                         Nicomedia

 


 



Constantius as Caesar

London
27 mm. 9.20 grams
FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB C
nothing in exergue
RIC London 20 "c. 300-302"



Constantius as Caesar
Trier.
27 mm. 9.35 grams.
CONSTANTIVS NOBIL C, laureate, cuirassed bust right.
  S  F    left and right fields.
  PTR   in exergue.
RIC VI Trier 594a, struck c. 303- 1 May 305.



Constantius as Caesar
Lyons
28 mm. 9.25 grams,
CONSTANTIVS NOB C, bust left, laureate and cuirassed
altar left, B in right field
PLG in exergue
RIC Lyons 166a "c. 301-302"

 

 



Constantius as Caesar

Lyons
29-28 mm. 10.65 grams.
CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, bust left, laureate and cuirassed,
holding scepter over far shoulder
altar left, B in right field
PLG in exergue
RIC Lyons 144a "c. 301-303"

 

 



Constantius as Caesar

Ticinum
CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, head right, laureate 
✳ in left field
PT• in exergue
RIC Ticinum 35a "c. 298-299"

 



Constantius as Caesar

Rome
28-25 mm. 10.86 grams.
FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB C, laureate head
R in left field
Γ in exergue
RIC Rome 66a "c. 296-297"

 

 



Constantius as Caesar

Rome
29-27 mm. 9.70 grams.
CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, laureate head
R in left field
Γ in exergue
RIC Rome 67a "c. 296-297"

 

 


Constantius as Caesar
Serdica
29 mm. 9.30 grams.
FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, laureate head
B in right field
•SM•SD in exergue
RIC Serdica 4a "c. 303-304-5"

 

 



Constantius as Augustus

Heraclea Thracia
27-25 mm. 8.77 grams.
IMP C FL VAL CONSTANTIVS PF AVG, laureate head
HTS in exergue
RIC Heraclea 24a "1 May 305-25 July 306"  (i.e. as Augustus)




Constantius as Caesar
Nicomedia
27-26 mm. 8.26 grams.
FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES
SMNB in exergue
RIC Nicomedia 30a "c. 303-4"
Sear IV 14063

Nicomedia has portraits with an extreme bull-neck.




 

 



Constantius as Augustus
Cyzicus
27 mm. 8.83 grams.
IMP C FL VAL CONSTANTIVS PF AVG, laureate head
KB in exergue
RIC Cyzicus 21a "305-306" (i.e. as Augustus)

 

 



Constantius as Caesar

Antioch
29-27 mm. 9.68 grams.
FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES
E in right field
ANT • in exergue
RIC Antioch 59a "c. 304-305"

 

 


Constantius as Caesar
Alexandria
FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES
XX in left field A over I in right field
ALE in exergue
RIC Alexandria 33a "c. 301"

The revival of the mark "XXI" suggests Diocletian's Edict of Maximum Prices was accompanied by an attempt to assure the people that the coins had the composition introduced by Aurelian, "20 parts copper and one part silver" (nearly 5% silver). Since silver was worth 80 times the value of copper, every percent mattered to the intrinsic value of the coin.

 



Constantius as Caesar
Alexandria
27-24 mm. 11.42 grams.
FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES
Note the curls in his beard. Curls only appear on coins of eastern mints.
S in left field A over P in right field
ALE in exergue
RIC Alexandria 35a "c. 302-303"

 

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