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    Constantius I, A.D. 305-306. AR argenteus minted as Caesar at Rome, c. A.D. 294. Laureate head right of Constantius I/Four emperors (the Tetrarchy) sacrificing over tripod before gate in six-turrreted enclosure. RIC 22a [as R3]. AU55 ICG, with none of the usual deep flan cracks.
    Diocletian inaugurated a vast reform of the coinage, extending into all metals. The gold aureus was increased in weight, the AE follis was introduced and a new silver coin, the argenteus, was minted. Of good fineness and weight, unlike the now bronze antoninianus, the argenteus was a revival of the silver denarius at the time of Nero, struck 96 to the libra, or Roman pound, each coin weighing c. 3+ grams.
    From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko. (PCGS# 100523)


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