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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Tetrarchy| > |Diocletian| > RT91232
Diocletian, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 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 legend GENIO POPVLI ROMANI 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.
RT91232. Billon follis, RIC VI Nicomedia 27a, Hunter V 78, SRCV IV 12788, Cohen VI 106, Choice EF, bold full borders strike, most silvering remains, excellent portrait, attractive reverse, round flan, very light encrustations, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, weight 9.793g, maximum diameter 29.2mm, die axis 0o, c. 294 - 295 A.D.; obverse IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse GENIO POPVLI ROMANI (to the guardian spirit of the Roman People), Genius standing slightly left, head left, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, kalathos on head, patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, SMN in exergue; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 76 (7 Apr 2019), part of lot 942; SOLD




  







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