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Galerius

Gaius Galerius Valerius Maximianus
Augustus (AD 305-311)  |  De Imperatoribus Romanis entry

Galerius was Diocletian's Caesar in the Tetrarchy, and married to Diocletian's daughter, Galeria Valeria. On Diocletian's retirement in 305 AD, Galerius became Augustus. Although technically junior to his counterpart, Constantius, Galerius in fact had more power as it was his adherents, Severus and Maximinus, that were promoted to the vacant Caesarships. On Constantius' death in 306 AD, Galerius had to deal with the disillusioned youths Constantine and Maxentius, both sons of former Augusti, but left out of the Tetrarchy. After Severus' death, the crisis forced an urgent meeting of current and former rulers at Carnuntum in 308 AD. The result was another win for Galerius, with one of his drinking buddies, Licinius, elected as his partner in the West. However, Constantine and Maxentius continued to cause trouble. Galerius encouraged Diocletian's persecution of the Christians, but in 311 AD, on his death bed from a terrible wasting disease, he renounced his policy. He died with the Tetrarchy in tatters


Obverse Legends on coins depicting Galerius

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Coins of Galerius currently available

Galerius
Bronze follis issued AD 296/297.
Obv: MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae, B in left field, Γ in right (TR in ex.).
About Very Fine   |   AUD $40.00
Galerius
Bronze post reform radiate issued AD 295-299.
Obv: GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES, Radiate, draped bust facing right.
Rev: CONCORDIA MILITVM, Emperor receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter, KA below.
Good Fine   |   AUD $50.00
Galerius
Bronze post reform radiate issued AD 295/296.
Obv: GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES, Radiate, draped bust facing right.
Rev: CONCORDIA MILITVM, Emperor receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter, HΓ below.
Fine-Very Fine   |   AUD $50.00