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The Sisak Hoard of more than 2000 silver argentei, most of them mint-state, plus silver vessels, was found in 1953 near Siscia (Croatia). Still today, nearly all the high grade early argentei of the early tetrarchy on the market came from this hoard. The deposition of the hoard can be placed in the year 295/296.SH53597. Silver argenteus, Sisak Hoard 73, RIC VI 42a, RSC V 314a, Choice EF, weight 3.417 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 295 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTIVS CAES, laureate head right; reverseVIRTVS MILITVM (courage of the soldiers), the four tetrarchs sacrificing in front of six-turreted enclosure (city or castrum), Z in exergue; ex H. S. Perlin Co., 1988; high relief portrait, beautiful rainbow iridescenttoning, from the 1953 Sisak hoard; scarce; SOLD
Diocletian, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D.
SH34985. Silver argenteus, RIC VITreveri 102a (R4), RSC V 516a, cf. SRCV IV 12617 (Siscia, Trier noted), Hunter V -, Choice EF, weight 3.301 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, Treveri (Trier) mint, 294 A.D.; obverse DIOCLETI-ANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverseVIRTVS MILITVM (courage of the soldiers), the four princes sacrificing over tripod before archway in eight-turreted fortress enclosure; well struck, perfectly centered - a fantastic example of the type; very rare (R4); SOLD
Maximian, 286 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D.
In theory, the Roman Empire was not divided by the dual imperium of Diocletian and Maximian. Each emperor had his own court, army, and official residences, but these were matters of practicality, not substance. Imperial propaganda insisted on a singular and indivisible Rome, a patrimonium indivisum. Legal rulings were given and imperial celebrations took place in both emperors' names, and the same coins were issued in both parts of the empire. Diocletian sometimes issued commands to Maximian's province of Africa; Maximian could presumably have done the same for Diocletian's territory.SH21640. Silver argenteus, RIC VIRome 40b, RSC V 622g, Choice aMS, full circle strike on both obverse and reverse, obverse struck with a cracked die, weight 2.812 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 295 - 297 A.D.; obverse MAXIMI-ANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverseVIRTVS MILITVM (courage of the soldiers), the four princes sacrificing over tripod before the gate of a six-turreted enclosure, E in exergue; SOLD