Constantius I,  Roman Emperor AD 293-306. GENIO POPVLI ROMANI
Caesar of the first tetrarchy of the Roman Empire (293-305) and Augustus 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.

London, Treveri (none here), Lugdunum (Lyons), Ticinum, Aquileia (none here), Rome, Siscia (none here), Serdica, Thessalonica (none here), Heraclea, Nicomedia (none here), 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
                     Cyzicus                       Antioch                     Alexandria                     Alexandria

 




Constantius, 293-305-306
London
27 mm. 9.20 grams
FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB C
nothing in exergue
RIC London 20 "c. 300-302"


 

 

 



Constantius, 293-305-306
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, 293-305-306
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
Ticinum
CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, head right, laureate 
✳ in left field
PT• in exergue
RIC Ticinum 35a "c. 298-299"

 



Constantius, 293-305-306
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, 293-305-306
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
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
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
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
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
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 100 times the value of copper, every percent mattered to the intrinsic value of the coin.

 



Constantius
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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