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284-305 Roman Imperial AE Follis Coin aXF Diocletian Genius Thessalonica RIC-25a


284-305 Roman Imperial AE Follis Coin aXF Diocletian Genius Thessalonica RIC-25a

  • 284-305 AD Roman Imperial AE Follis coin
  • Issued under the rule of Diocletian, the 51st Emperor of the Roman Empire (284-305 AD)
    • Born to a family of low status in the Roman province of Dalmatia, Diocletian rose through the ranks of the military to become cavalry commander to the Emperor Carus; after the deaths of Carus and his son Numerian on campaign in Persia, Diocletian was proclaimed emperor
    • Diocletian's reign stabilized the empire and marks the end of the Crisis of the Third Century
  • Obverse features a bust of the emperor, facing right
  • Reverse depicts Genius standing left, Î” in field behind, with the legend "GENIO POPVLI ROMANI"
    • The rational powers and abilities of every human being were attributed to their soul, which was a genius; each individual place had a genius (genius loci) and so did powerful objects, such as volcanoes
    • The concept extended to some specifics: the genius of the theater, of vineyards, and of festivals, which made performances successful, grapes grow, and celebrations succeed, respectively
    • It was extremely important in the Roman mind to propitiate the appropriate genii for the major undertakings and events of their lives
  • Minted in Thessalonica (Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • Struck from copper or bronze
  • Diameter: 28 mm (at widest point)
  • Weight: 10.9 grams
  • Condition: Ungraded; expected to grade as About Extra Fine (aXF)
  • Catalog number: RIC#25a, Cohen#85
*Expected grades are approximate.

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JBC 11/26/14