Diocletian (November 20th AD 284 - AD 305)

Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus was born in Diocles. Born to a Dalmatian family of low status, he rose through the ranks of the military to become cavalry commander to the emperor Carus. After the deaths of Carus and his son Numerian on campaign in Persia, Diocletian was acclaimed emperor by the army. A brief confrontation with Carus' other surviving son Carinus at the Battle of the Margus removed the only other claimant to the title. With his ascension to power, he ended the Crisis of the Third Century.

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Diocletian 'Genius' Follis 027374

Diocletian 'Genius' Follis
Bronze, 9.77 grams, 28.67 mm. Heraclea. AD 296-298. Obverse: IMP CC VAL DIOCLETIANVS PF AVG, laureate head right. Reverse: GENIO POPV-L-I ROMANI, Genius standing left, modius on head, naked but for chlamys over left shoulder (falls low), holding patera from which liquid flows and cornucopiae. Mintmark HT Delta. RIC VI Heraclea 19a; Sear 12787. Good fine/fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com

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Diocletian 'Genius' Follis 027374

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