CONSTANTIUS I CHLORUS, as Augustus
AE Quarter-Follis. 2.33g, 18.7mm
MINTED: Siscia mint, AD 305-306
REF: RIC VI Siscia 169a (R2)
OBVERSE: CONSTANTIVS AVG, laureate head right.
REVERSE: GENIO POP-VLI ROMANI, Genius standing left, modius on head, naked except for chlamys over left shoulder, holding patera and cornucopiae; SIS in exergue.
Good Fine. Green patina, small area on obverse showing underlying copper.
Coins of Constantius I are the least common amongst those of the first four emperors of the Tetrarchy, and those of his struck when he was Augustus are scarcer than those struck when he was Caesar.
Constantius I was nicknamed Chlorus ('the Pale'), and suceeded Emperor Maximianus to become co-emperor of the Second Tetrarchy in 305. He ruled as the Augustus of the West for just over a year, before falling ill and dying while leading a military campaign against the Pictish tribes in Britain. His son, Constantine, took control of his legions and claimed Imperial power by birthright. Constantine would eventually become the sole ruler of the Roman Empire and its first Christian emperor.
CONSTANTIUS I CHLORUS . AD 305-306 . 1/4 Follis . *Scarce denomination*
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