AE Follis. 4.09g, 22.5mm
MINTED: Londinium mint, AD 310-312
REF: RIC VI Londinium 209c
OBVERSE: IMP LICINIVS P F AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: GENIO POP ROM, Genius standing left, nude but for cloak over shoulder, patera in right, cornucopia in left; star in right field, PLN in exergue.
Almost Very Fine. Interesting blue-green surfaces.
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 . "Genius standing" . London
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