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View Categories Home > Catalog > Roman Coins > The Tetrarchy > Licinius I > RT87235Licinius I, 11 November 308 - 18 September 324 A.D. In Roman religion, every man has a genius, a presiding spirit. In De Die Natali, Censorinus says, from the moment we are born, we live under the guard and tutelage of Genius. Cities, organizations, and peoples also had a genius. On coins, we find inscriptions to the Genius of the Army, of the Senate, of the Emperor, etc. The legendGENIO POP ROM dedicates this coin to the Genius of the Roman People. Genius' image is of a man with a cloak half covering the shoulders leaving the rest of his body naked, holding a cornucopia in one hand, and a simpulum or a patera in the other.
RT87235. Billonfollis, RIC VITreveri 845b, Hunter V 5, SRCV IV 15191, Cohen VII 53, Choice EF, well centered and struck, some silvering, tiny encrustations, edge a little ragged with small cracks, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, weight 4.234g, maximum diameter 24.0mm, die axis 180o, 310 - 313 A.D.; obverse IMP LICINIVS P F AVG, laureate and cuirassedbust right; reverseGENIO POP ROM (to the guardian spirit of the Roman people), Genius standing slightly left, head left, crown of city walls on head, chest bare, himation over left shoulder around waist and over and left arm, pouring libations from patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, T F at sides, PTR in exergue; $90.00
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