Aureus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Diocletian

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Date:

294/305, issued by Diocletian

Artist:

Roman; minted in Trier, Germany

About this artwork

Although the fourth century was a time of tremendous political, social, and religious change for the Roman Empire, the imagery presented on this coin tells a different story, part of an unbroken chain of powerful rulers supported by the deities of traditional Roman religion. Diocletian (r. A.D. 284–305), through a series of administrative, military, and monetary reforms, had brought to an end the chaos of the third century. He also divided the rule of the vast empire under four men, a senior and junior ruler in the Western half and the Eastern half.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 153

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Aureus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Diocletian

Origin

Trier

Date

294 AD–305 AD

Medium

Gold

Inscriptions

Obverse: DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG Reverse: IOVI FVLGERATORI; PT (in exergue)

Dimensions

Diam. 1.8 cm; 5.27 g

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Roger Trienens

Reference Number

1996.350

Extended information about this artwork

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