Tetrarchy Folles from the London Mint

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  1. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    I'm going to celebrate the removal of a moderator's post from the top position of our forum by posting a new thread :smuggrin:. For a long time I've been trying to assemble a set of four choice folles of the original tetrarchy struck at the London Mint. I recently added a follis of Diocletian and Galerius; mission accomplished :D! Pictured below is the complete set of four.

    Diocletian, struck AD 303 - 305, AE Nummus: 10.17 gm, 28 mm, 6 h. Reverse: Genius of the Roman people holding patera and cornucopia, modius on head. RIC 28a.

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    Maximian Herculius, struck circa AD 303, AE Nummus: 9.67 gm, 27 mm, 6 h. RIC 25.

    Galerius as Caesar, struck AD 303 - 305, AE Nummus: 10.46 gm, 29 mm, 6 h. RIC 33.

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    Constantius I as Caesar, struck circa AD 300, AE Nummus: 8.99 gm, 28 mm, 6 h. RIC 22.
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  3. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Congrats, @Al Kowsky ! Great looking coins... actually, fantastic.
  4. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Not my area of collecting. Typical me... I always assemble a ragtag, dog’s breakfast type of collection. :)

    GALERIUS - biggie

    RI Galerius 293-308 AE30mm Folles Ticinum mint Moneta 12g


    RI MAXIMIANUS HERCULIUS 286-305 CE antoninianus Antioch 292-295 CE Pre-Reform CONCORDIA MILITVM Jupiter RIC V 621 H-officina 8


    Oops, not the Mongo-Size. Rather, got one when he was dead.

    RI Constantius I Chlorus 293-306 CE DIVO AE Quinarius Thesalonika 317-318 Seated RIC VII 25 R5 RARE



    Ӕ Quinarius.
    Rome, AD 284-305.
    IMP DIOCLETIANVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right /
    IOVI CONSERVAT AVGG, Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and sceptre.
    RIC 193. 1.46g, 16mm, 12h.
    Near Very Fine, attractive sand patina. Rare.
    Ex: ROMA (their attribution)
  5. John Conduitt

    John Conduitt Well-Known Member

    Really nice. The portraits are all pretty much perfect. I can match the set but not the quality:

    Diocletian, 298-300, London, 10.65g, 26mm, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI (RIC 6a)

    Maximian I, 300, London, 9.4g, 26mm, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI (RIC VI 6b)

    Galerius (Caesar), 300-303, London, 9.56g, 29mm, GENIO POPV-LI ROMANI (RIC VI London 15)


    Constantius I (Caesar), 300, London, 9.29g, 28mm, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI (RIC IV 14a)

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  6. Romancollector

    Romancollector Well-Known Member

    Wonderful assortment @Al Kowsky ! The London mint produced some beautiful folles. I had my eye on a Maximian in the last Roma auction, but my bid was unsuccessful. :(
  7. thejewk

    thejewk Well-Known Member

    A remarkable and enviable set @Al Kowsky , I hope to match it some day.

    @John Conduitt don't sell your set short. You've managed to acquire a set from an interesting time where the output is varied in style to a wide degree, with a coherent style reminiscent of the bust style used at times for Carausius and Allectus. I love the full busts of Al's coins, but I equally enjoy the small head, long neck types of yours.
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  8. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ...kool Al....i guess i'm still short a chlorus and max proper att....:)
  9. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Amen-Ra-Hotep

    Nice tetrarchic coins @Al Kowsky - superb examples of the workmanship of the London mint.
  10. OutsiderSubtype

    OutsiderSubtype Active Member

    Those all have fantastic portraits. Some celator at the London mint knew what they were doing.
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