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This coin is universally described with Maximian raising his empty right hand but on all of the five examples known to Forum, including this coin, he holds an olive branch in his right hand and a mappa in his left hand.RT85653. Billon half follis, RIC VIAlexandria 91b (S) corr. (no olive branch or mappa), SRCV IV 13419, Hunter V -, Cohen VI -, Choice aEF, well centered and struck, edge cracks, weight 3.001 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Alexandria mint, c. early - mid 308 A.D.; obverse D N MAXIMIANO FELICISS, laureate bust right, wearing imperial mantle, olive branch in right hand, mappa in left hand; reversePROVIDENTIA DEORVM (foresight of the Gods), Providentia, draped, standing right, extending right hand to Quies; Quies, draped, standing left, holding branch in right hand and leaning on scepter with left hand, ∆ lower center, ALE in exergue; rare; $120.00 (Ä102.00)
Claudius IIGothicus, September 268 - August or September 270 A.D., Commemorative Issued by Constantine the Great
The reverselegend translates, "The rest and retirement of the best and most meritorious [emperors]," referring to the dead and deified emperors Claudius IIGothicus, Maximian and Constantius I. Constantine struck commemoratives with this reverse for each of those emperors, with whom he had familial connections. RL88064. Billon half follis, RIC VIIThessalonica p. 503, 26 (2nd officina not listed); Cohen VI 245; SRCV IV 16399; Hunter V -, VF, well centered, slightly rough dark green patina, weight 1.518 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 317 - 318 A.D.; obverseDIVO CLAVDIO OPTIMO IMP, laureate and veiled head right; reverse REQVIES OPTIMORVM MERITORVM (retirement most deserved), emperor seated left on curule chair, raising right hand, short scepter downward in left, TSB in exergue; very rare; $90.00 (Ä76.50)
Diocletian, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D.
The obverse dedicates the coin, "to our lord Diocletian the most pious and fortunate senior emperor." This coin was struck for Diocletian after his abdication and the reverse is dedicated to his rest and retirement. Quies is the personification of rest and retirement.RB90467. Billonfollis, RIC VITreveri 699 (S), SRCV IV -, Choice aEF, nice green patina, some minor pitting, weight 6.763 g, maximum diameter 25.7 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, c. spring 307 A.D.; obverse D N DIOCLETIANO P F S AVG, laureate bust right, wearing imperial mantle, olive branch in right hand, mappa in left; reverse QVIES AV-GVSTORVM, Quies standing half left, branch in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field, PTR in exergue; very scarce; SOLD