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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Tetrarchy| > |Licinius II| > RL04363
Licinius Junior, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 18 September 324 A.D.
|Licinius| |II|, |Licinius| |Junior,| |Caesar,| |1| |March| |317| |-| |18| |September| |324| |A.D.|, Nicomedia was at the center of the Diocletianic Persecution of Christians which occurred under Diocletian and his Caesar Galerius. On 23 February 303 A.D., the pagan festival of the Terminalia, Diocletian ordered that the newly-built church at Nicomedia be razed, its scriptures burnt, and its precious stones seized. The next day he issued his "First Edict Against the Christians," which ordered similar measures to be taken at churches across the Empire. At the end of the month a fire destroyed part of Diocletian's palace, followed 16 days later by another fire. Although an investigation was made into the cause of the fires, no party was officially charged, but Galerius placed the blame on the Christians. He oversaw the execution of two palace eunuchs, who he claimed conspired with the Christians to start the fire, followed by six more executions through the end of April 303. Soon after Galerius declared Nicomedia to be unsafe and ostentatiously departed the city for Rome, followed soon after by Diocletian.
RL04363. Billon follis, RIC VII Nicomedia 34 (R2), SRCV IV 15419, Cohen VII 39, Hunter V 30 ff. var. (officina), superb VF, very bold, 7th officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, weight 3.55g, maximum diameter 20.0mm, die axis 180o, 317 - 318 A.D.; obverse D N VAL LICIN LICINIVS NOB C, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse PROVIDENTIAE CAESS (to the foresight of the two princes), Jupiter standing left, Victory on globe in right hand, scepter in left hand, palm frond left, pellet over Z right, SMN in exergue; from the Aiello Collection; SOLD











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