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285 AD Roman Egypt Tetradrachm Billon Coin XF Diocletian Eusebeia Rome D-5691


285 AD Roman Egypt Tetradrachm Billon Coin XF Diocletian Eusebeia Rome D-5691

  • 285 AD Roman Egypt billon Tetradrachm coin
  • Issued under the rule of Diocletian, the 51st Emperor of the Roman Empire (284-305 AD)
    • Diocletian's reign stabilized the empire and marks the end of the Crisis of the Third Century
    • His reforms fundamentally changed the structure of Roman imperial government and helped stabilize the empire economically and militarily, enabling the empire to remain essentially intact for another hundred years despite being near the brink of collapse in his youth
  • Obverse features a laureate bust of the emperor, facing right
  • Reverse depicts Eusebeia holding patera and pouring offering on an alter, standing left
    • The word eusebeia was used in Classical Greece where it meant behaving as tradition dictates in one's social relationships and towards the gods; one demonstrates eusebeia to the gods by performing the customary acts of respect (festivals, prayers, sacrifices, public devotions)
    • In ancient Greek religion and myth the concept of Eusebeia is anthropomorphized as the daimon of piety, loyalty, duty and filial respect; according to one source, her husband is Nomos (Law), and their daughter is Dike, goddess of justice and fair judgment
  • Struck from billon
  • Diameter: 18 mm (at widest point)
  • Weight: 7.2 grams
  • Condition: Ungraded; expected to grade as Extra Fine (XF)
  • Catalog number: Dattari#5691
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Reference Item # ANC-1277

JBC 1/8/15