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.
- Ancient Roman
- Aureus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Diocletian
- 294 AD–305 AD
- Obverse: DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG Reverse: IOVI FVLGERATORI; PT (in exergue)
- Diam. 1.8 cm; 5.27 g
- Gift of Mr. Roger Trienens