(284-305 A.D.) - AE Follis - 27mm, 9.42gr
|Obverse - IMP C DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG
Diocletian, his laureate head right.
GENIO POPV-LI ROMANI
Genius standing left, modius on head, naked but for
chlamys over left shoulder, holding patera (from
which liquor flows) in right and cornucopiae in left hand.
A in right field, ANT star in Exergue.
|Minted at officina A in Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) in 302 or 303 A.D..
Sutherland, C.H.V., "Roman Imperial Coinage", Volume 6 (RIC), Antioch, p620, nr 56a.
Voetter, Otto, "Die Münzen der römischen Kaiser, Kaiserinnen und Caesaren von Diocletianus bis Romulus, Katalog der
hinterlassenen Sammlung und Aufzeichnung des Herrn Paul Gerin" (Voetter-Gerin), Antioch, Diocletianus, p34, nr 19.
Suarez, R., "Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins" (ERIC), p393, nr.114 (B12, O29, R048, T047, M02)
General reference works (no exact determination):
Sear, D.R., "Roman Coins and their Values" (RCV 4th Revised Edition), p303, nr. 3534, variety from Antioch mint.
Failmezger, V., "Roman Bronze Coins From Paganism To Christianity 294-364 A.D.", nr 6D.
Van Meter, D., "Handbook of Roman Imperial Coins", p277, nr 41, variety with Ol/5.
Quality: Very Fine+
This coin was once part of the Northern Sinai hoard, found around 1965 "at a tel just to the west of the village of esh-Sheikh Zuweid.
The site of the tel, on the ancient Via Maris, has been identified with the Beth Tappuah (i.e. House of the Apple), known in Greek as
Boutaphion. It is on the coast c. 15 km south-west of Rafah towards El Arish, which in 1965 was the capital of Egyptian Sinai." (1)
The coin still has the original green patina which is typical of coins from the Northern Sinai Hoard..
(1) = Cathy E. King & Arnold Spaer, "A Hoard of Folles from Northern Sinai", Numismatic Chronicle, 1977, p66.
See my page on "My folles from the Northern Sinai Hoard"