AE Follis. 3.96g, 22.7mm
MINTED: Nicomedia mint, AD 313-317
REF: RIC VII Nicomedia 15 (R2)
OBVERSE: IMP C VAL LICIN LICINIVS PF AVG, laureate head right.
REVERSE: IOVI CONS-ERVATORI, Jupiter standing left, holding Victory on globe and sceptre; eagle with wreath in beak standing left on ground, head right; N over Є in right field, SMN in exergue.
Very Fine. Just slightly rough, with colourful mix of cleaned surface, deposits and patina.
Licinius was the son of a peasant family who, through his friendship with future emperor Galerius, was eventually appointed as Augustus in the West. In the final civil war that followed the collapse of the Tetrarchy (the period when the Roman Empire was ruled by four emperors), Licinius lost the struggle for supremacy against his great rival, Constantine the Great, and was put to death after a rule of 16 years. Contemporary writers, eager to please the new sole Augustus of the empire, blackened the name and legacy of Licinius, painting him as a murderous, lustful, and envious pagan tyrant.
LICINIUS I . AD 308-324 . Follis . "Jupiter standing" . Nicomedia
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