Valentinian Posted February 22 · Member Share Posted February 22 (edited) The Roman emperor Diocletian reformed the coinage c. 294 during the First Tetrarchy and introduced the denomination we call a follis (but ancients apparently called in a nummus) with the reverse legend GENIO POPVLI ROMANI with Genius standing left holding a patera and cornucopia. This type is large (c. 28mm) and common, which makes it relatively inexpensive and very collectable. Art historians note that individually has largely gone out of the portraits of the period, but if you like the tetrarchal period and pay close attention to coin portraits, you can find coins with portraits that look like the features of an individual, not just a generic emperor, have been conveyed. Constantius I, Caesar 293-305 and Augustus 305-306. 26-25 mm. 8.20 grams. CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, laureate head right GENIO POPVLI ROMANI AQΓ in exergue RIC VI Aquileia 26a. Struck "c. 297-298." I love all the portraits of tetrarchs--even those that are generic. Here is my website about the portraits from various mints:http://augustuscoins.com/ed/tetrarchy/bymint.html If you want to see them arranged by emperor, the top of that page has the link. Show us a portrait on a GENIO POPVLI ROMANI coin! Edited February 22 by Valentinian typo 16 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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