AE Follis. 9.9g, 27.4mm
MINTED: Aquileia mint, AD 302-303
REF: RIC VI 35a Aquileia
OBVERSE: IMP DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG, laureate head right.
REVERSE: SACR MONET AVGG ET CAESS NOSTR, Moneta standing left, holding scales and cornucopia; VI in right field, AQP in exergue.
Almost Extremely Fine. Perfectly centered. Handsome dark black patina; minor roughness in areas on reverse. Excellent example of the type.
Diocletian was a soldier from the province of Dalmatia who became emperor in 284, ending a period of troubles for the Roman Empire known as the Crisis of the Third Century. Believing that the empire was too large to be effectively governed by a single man, he instituted a 'rule of four emperors', known as the Tetrarchy, appointing as co-senior emperor an old friend, Maximian, and two trusted junior colleagues, Galerius and Constantius Chlorus. Though his grand experiment eventually failed, while Diocletian lived and ruled, the empire regained its political stability and a measure of its former military strength. In 305, after 21 years on the throne, Diocletian, then in ill-health, abdicated his rule and retired to a massive fortified palace at Spalatum (modern day Split in Croatia), spending his days growing cabbages in the palace gardens. What remains of his imposing palace today is considered one of the grandest and most impressive ruins surviving from Roman times.
DIOCLETIAN . AD 284-305 . Follis . "Moneta" . Aquileia
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