AE Follis. 2.77g, 19.1mm
MINTED: Ticinum mint, AD 314-315
REF: RIC VII Ticinum 22 (R5)
OBVERSE: IMP LICINIVS PF AVG, laureate head right.
REVERSE: SOLI INVI-C-TO COMITI, Sol radiate, standing left, raising right hand, globe in left hand, chlamys across left shoulder; star in left field, P • T in exergue.
Almost Extremely Fine. Nice brown patina and excellent surfaces. Compact flan.
A rating of R5 in RIC indicates the highest degree of rarity given by the authors, though a caveat to this would be that earlier RIC volumes typically only surveyed public collections and museums. In addition, later hoard discoveries and finds would also not be taken into account.
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 . "Sol standing" . Ticinum, Rated R5
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