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    Magnificent Serdica Aureus

    Galerius Maximianus (AD 305-311). AV aureus (21mm, 5.28 gm, 12h).  Serdica, AD 305-306. IMP MAXIMI-ANVS P F AVG, laureate head of Galerius right / HERCVLI VICTORI, Hercules standing right, right hand resting on on club, left hand holding three apples of the Hesperides, left armed draped with skin of the Nemean lion; Σ (reverted) in left field,  • SM • SD • in exergue. RIC 6b. Cohen 294 corrected (Maximianus Herculeus). Depeyrot 1/2. Calicó 4907 (R4). Extremely rare and undoubtedly the finest known specimen. Choice Mint State.

    In AD 305, Diocletian abdicated and Galerius became Augustus of the East; he had already arranged that the new Caesars, Severus II and Maximinus Daza, would be exclusively loyal to him. But the death of Constantius the following year launched a chain reaction of upheaval that threw the Tetrarchic system into chaos, and Galerius spent the rest of his reign desperately trying to restore some semblance of order. In AD 310 he fell victim to a wasting disease that left him horribly disfigured and in constant pain. The Christians claimed it was God's vengeance, and Galerius seems to have at least partly believed it, for he ordered the persecution formally ended just five days before he died in May, AD 311.




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    April, 2014
    10th-16th Thursday-Wednesday
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