Base Silver 'unit'. 3.69g, 18.4mm
MINTED: Trier mint, AD 310-313
REF: RIC VI Trier 825 (R3)
OBVERSE: IMP LICI-NIVS AVG, laureate, draped, cuirassed, mappa in raised right hand, sceptre across left shoulder.
REVERSE: IOVI CONSER-VATORI AVG, eagle standing on a wave line, wings spread, carrying Jupiter, standing left, thunderbolt in right hand, sceptre across left shoulder; STR below waveline.
Almost Very Fine. Dark gray patina. Roughness and pitting, particularly on obverse, but decent reverse with some good details.
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 . Billon 'unit'. "Jupiter on Eagle" . **Rare**
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