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Galerius

Gaius Galerius Valerius Maximianus

Augustus (AD 305-311)

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

Coin image Galerius
Bronze follis issued AD 299/300
Obv: GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES, Head of Galerius, laureate, right
Rev: GENIO POPV-LI ROMANI, (ANT in ex.), Genius, wearing modius, nude, chlamys draped over left shoulder, standing left, pouring liquid from patera in right hand and holding cornucopiae in left hand. B in right field
Fine   |   AUD $30.00
Coin image Galerius
Bronze follis issued AD 305/306
Obv: IMP C GAL V MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, Laureate head facing right
Rev: GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, (ANT in ex.), Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae, Δ in left field, E in right
Good Very Fine   |   AUD $90.00
Coin image Galerius
Bronze follis issued AD 305-307
Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, Laureate head facing right
Rev: GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, (HTΔ in ex.), Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae
Very Fine   |   AUD $80.00
Coin image Galerius
Silvered bronze follis issued AD 305/306
Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, Laureate head facing right
Rev: GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, (᛫SM᛫SD᛫ in ex.), Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae
Good Very Fine   |   AUD $100.00
Coin image Galerius
Bronze quarter follis issued AD 305/306
Obv: MAXIMIANVS AVG, Laureate head facing right
Rev: GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, (SIS in ex.), Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae
Good Very Fine   |   AUD $70.00
Coin image Galerius
Bronze follis issued AD 305/306
Obv: IMP C MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, Laureate head facing right
Rev: FIDES MILITVM, (TT in ex.), Fides seated left holding standard in each hand, dot in right field
Very Fine-Extremely Fine   |   AUD $150.00
Coin image Galerius
Bronze follis issued AD 308-310
Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, Laureate head facing right
Rev: GENIO IMPERATORIS, (᛫HTΓ᛫ in ex.), Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae
Good Very Fine   |   AUD $95.00
Coin image Galerius
Bronze follis issued AD 308-311
Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, Laureate head facing right
Rev: GENIO AVGVSTI CMH, (SMNA in ex.), Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae
Good Very Fine   |   AUD $85.00
Coin image Galerius
Bronze follis issued AD 308-311
Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, Laureate head facing right
Rev: GENIO AVGVSTI CMH, (SMNΔ in ex.), Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae
Very Fine   |   AUD $70.00
Coin image Galerius
Bronze follis issued AD 308-311
Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, Laureate head facing right
Rev: GENIO AVGVSTI CMH, (SMNΔ in ex.), Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae
Very Fine   |   AUD $75.00
Coin image Galerius
Bronze follis issued AD 308-311
Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, Laureate head facing right
Rev: GENIO AVGVSTI CMH, (SMNΔ in ex.), Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae
Nice Very Fine   |   AUD $80.00
Coin image Galerius
Bronze follis issued AD 308-311
Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, Laureate head facing right
Rev: GENIO AVGVSTI CMH, (SMNΔ in ex.), Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae
About Very Fine   |   AUD $60.00
Coin image Galerius
Bronze follis issued AD 308-311
Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, Laureate head facing right
Rev: GENIO AVGVSTI CMH, (SMNA in ex.), Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae
Nice Very Fine   |   AUD $80.00
Coin image Galerius
Bronze follis issued AD 308-311
Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, Laureate head facing right
Rev: GENIO AVGVSTI CMH, (SMNE in ex.), Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae
About Very Fine   |   AUD $60.00
Coin image Galerius
Bronze follis issued AD 308-311
Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, Laureate head facing right
Rev: GENIO AVGVSTI CMH, (SMNE in ex.), Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae
Nice Very Fine   |   AUD $80.00
Coin image Galerius
Bronze follis issued AD 310/311
Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, Laureate head facing right
Rev: GENIO IMPERATORIS, (HTΓ in ex.), Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae, star in left field
Very Fine   |   AUD $80.00
Coin image Galerius
Bronze follis issued AD 310/311
Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, Laureate head facing right
Rev: GENIO IMPERATORIS, (HTΔ in ex.), Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae, star in left field
About Very Fine   |   AUD $65.00
Coin image Galerius
Bronze follis issued AD 310/311
Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, Laureate head facing right
Rev: GENIO IMPERATORIS, (HTΔ in ex.), Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae, star in left field
Good Very Fine   |   AUD $100.00
Coin image Galerius
Bronze follis issued AD 310/311
Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, Laureate head facing right
Rev: GENIO IMPERATORIS, (HTΔ in ex.), Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae, star in left field, crescent in right
Good Very Fine   |   AUD $95.00
Coin image Galerius
Bronze follis issued AD 310/311
Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, Laureate head facing right
Rev: GENIO IMPERATORIS, (HTΔ in ex.), Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae, star in left field, crescent in right
Nice Very Fine   |   AUD $85.00