LICINIUS I
AD 308-324

AE Reduced Follis. 3.03g, 18.7mm
MINTED: Heraclea Mint, AD 318-320
REF: RIC VII Heraclea 48 (C2)
OBVERSE: IMP LICI-NIVS AVG, laureate bust right, wearing imperial mantle, holding globe, scepter & mappa.
REVERSE: PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG, campgate with three turrets, no door, Λ in right field; SMHΔ in exergue.

Grade/Notes:

Very Fine.  Dark brown patina. 

While the campgate reverse is a very common LRB type, it is comparatively scarce for Licinius I. 

 

Historical Notes:
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 . AE Follis . Campgate . Heraclea

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