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Argenteus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Diocletian

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

300, issued by Diocletian or Maximianus

Artist:

Roman, minted in Carthage (possibly)

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin portrays the head of emperor Diocletian, laureate and facing to the right. The back (reverse) depicts a laurel wreath and inscription. X C V I on the back refers to the reformed silver coinage after 295 CE. The inscription is for the number "96," meaning 96 silver coins to the pound was Diocletian’s reformed currency. However, it was often struck well under that weight.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Argenteus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Diocletian

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

300 CE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Obverse: DIOCLETIANVS AVG Reverse: X C V I

Dimensions

Diam. 1.7 cm; 3.58 g

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1922.4901

Extended information about this artwork

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