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301 AD Roman Imperial AE Follis Coin CH-XF Diocletian Moneta Aquileia RIC-31a


301 AD Roman Imperial AE Follis Coin CH-XF Diocletian Moneta Aquileia RIC-31a

  • 301 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 Moneta holding cornucopia and scales, standing left, with "V" in right field and "AQS" in exerge
    • Juno Moneta, an epithet of Juno, was the protectress of funds; as such, money in ancient Rome was coined in her temple
    • The word "moneta" is where we get the words "money", or "monetize", used by writers such as Ovid, Martial, Juvenal, and Cicero; in several modern languages including Russian and Italian, moneta (Spanish moneda) is the word for "coin"
  • Minted in [AQS] Aquileia (Northern Italy)
    • Today, the city is small (about 3,500 inhabitants), but it was large and prominent in Antiquity as one of the world's largest cities with a population of 100,000 in the second century AD
  • Struck from copper or bronze
  • Diameter: 28 mm (at widest point)
  • Weight: 10.4 grams
  • Condition: Ungraded; expected to grade as Choice Extra Fine (CH-XF); sharp detail
  • Catalog number: RIC#31a
*Expected grades are approximate.

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JBC 12/10/14