AE Follis of Diocletian 284-305 AD., GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Alexandria mint, 2nd officina (B), RIC VI 32a

Ancient Coins - AE Follis of Diocletian 284-305 AD., "GENIO POPVLI ROMANI", Alexandria mint, 2nd officina (B), RIC VI 32a
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Reign

Caius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus 20 November 284 AD. - 1 May 305 AD.

Denomination

AE Follis

Date Struck

301 AD.

Mint

Alexandria, 2nd officina (B)

Obverse

IMP C DIOCLETIANVS PF AVG, laureate head right

Reverse

GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Genius standing, head left, pouring libation from patera and holding cornucopiae, XX - I to left and right, B in upper right, ALE in ex

Weight

8.78 grams

Diameter

28/25 mm

Reference

RIC VI 32a

Grade

Very fine, green patina

Comments


Caius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus was a man of humble birth who rose through the Roman military ranks on pure talent. Becoming emperor after the assassination of Carinus, Diocletian introduced many reforms that prolonged the life of the Empire, which was on the verge of total collapse before his reign. These reforms, however, eliminated most personal freedoms and turned much of the population into hereditary serfs. Diocletian was the first Roman emperor to voluntarily abdicate. He lived out his retirement in his palace on the Dalmatian coast, tending his vegetable gardens. His palace went on to become the core of the modern day city of Split.


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