AE Follis. 3.28g, 23.3mm
MINTED: Thessalonica mint, AD 312-313
REF: RIC VI Thessalonica 60
OBVERSE: IMP LIC LICINIVS P F AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG NN, Jupiter standing facing, head left, holding Victory on globe and sceptre; eagle with wreath in beak standing left on ground; •TS•A• in exergue.
Good Very Fine. Very sharp portrait.
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" . Thessalonica
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