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ID number:  BIRBI-R2557
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  G. Haines Collection
Collector:  Haines, Geoffrey
Maker:  Diocletian; Alexandria
Denomination:  Follis
Place made:  Africa: Egypt, Lower Egypt, Alexandria
Culture:  Roman
Date made:  311
Metal:  Base metal
Diameter (cm):  2.55
Weight (g):  5.83
Axis (degrees):  180.00
Provenance:  Haines 723. W. S. Lincoln, 1924.

Description:  Obverse: Head of Diocletian, wearing laurel wreath and beard, wearing imperial mantle with face of Sol, radiate, on chest, facing r. Reverse: Providentia, draped, standing facing r., extending r. to Quies, draped, standing facing l., holding branch in r. and leaning on sceptre with l.; B, K and P in field, in between figures, and ᴗ in field, above.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: D N DIOCLETIANO BEAT SEN AVC (Our Lord Diocletian, Most Blessed Senior Augustus). Reverse: PROVIDENTIA DEORVM (The Foresight of the Gods). In Exergue: ALE

Bibliography:  RIC VI 127 var.

Notes:  According to RIC, the ALE in the exergue on the reverse and the ᴗ (above) B K P (between figures) in the field of the reverse are mintmarks (officinae) indicating Alexandria. As opposed to the type in RIC, this coin has an extra mintmark in the field in the reverse (ᴗ) and Diocletian does not hold the branch or mappa on the obverse.

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Haines, Geoffrey Colton
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