Bronze Follises of Diocletian and Maximian

In AD 301, Diocletian issued his famous economic and monetary reforms which, amongst other things, eliminated the old radiate pieces which had declined in both weight and diameter until they were barely the size of a US Cent (19mm) and replaced them with a new coin of almost US Half Dollar (28 - 30mm) size. Numismatic researchers do not know for sure what these pieces were called, and this point is the subject of much scholarly debate. One likely candidate for the name is the Greek word "nomisma", but other names may have been used both officially and by the local populace amongst whom the pieces circulated. The confusion lies in that official documents still reckoned money in terms of the Sestertius, a piece that hadn't been struck in any kind of quantity for fifty years. We simply refer to them as Follises or Folles, which is actually the name of the leather bag commonly used to store these coins at the time and in which they were shipped newly struck from the mints.

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Obverse Inscription: IMP CC VAL DIOCLETIANVS PF AVG
Reverse Inscription: GENIO POPULI ROMANI, r in field, .TS. in exergue
Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae
Catalog Numbers: Sear s3553
Grade: VF+

Obverse Inscription: IMP C DIOCLETIANVS PF AVG
Reverse Inscription: GENIO POPULI ROMANI, r in field, A or delta in exergue
Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae
Catalog Numbers: Sear s3553
Grade: VF, slightly porous
Obverse Inscription: DN DIOCLETIANO BAEATISSIMO SEN AVG
Reverse Inscription: PROVIDENTIA DEORVM QVIES AVGG
Providentia and Quies standing facing each other, PTR in exergue
Catalog Numbers: Similar to Sear s3543
Grade: Near FDC, some porosity

Maximianus

Obverse Inscription: IMP CMA MAXIMIANVS PF AVG
Reverse Inscription: GENIO POPULI ROMANI
Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae, TSA. in exergue
Catalog Numbers: Sear similar to s3633
Grade: AFDC

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