|Galeria Valeria - Augusta 308-311
A.D. - AE Reduced Follis - 27mm, 7.23gr
|Obverse - GAL VALERIA AVG
Galeria, her diademed and draped bust right.
|Reverse - VENERI V-ICTRICI
Venus standing facing, head left, holding apple in right hand and
lifting drapery over left shoulder.
D in left field, MKV in Exergue.
|Minted at the 4th officina (D) in Cyzicus
(Balkiz, Turkey) in 308-309 A.D.
Sutherland, C.H.V., "Roman Imperial Coinage", Volume 6 (RIC), Cyzicus, p586, nr 46.
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), Cyzicus, Galeria Valeria, p135, nr 2.
Failmezger, V., "Roman Bronze Coins From Paganism To Christianity 294-364 A.D.", nr 210GV
Sear, D.R., "Roman Coins and their Values" (RCV 4th Revised Edition), p314, nr. 3730, variety from Cyzicus.
Van Meter, D., "Handbook of Roman Imperial Coins", p282, nr 3.
Suarez, R., "Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins" (ERIC), p428, nr. 16 (B1, O1, R1, T1, M3)
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"