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Billon follis of Galerius

Here’s another coin from the group sent in by Stephen Palmer to be identified and valued. It’s a Roman coin of a type that can lead to problems, for the name on the obverse is actually the second name of the emperor for whom it was struck.

On the obverse is a laureate head facing left and a legend reading IMP MAXIMIANVS P F AVG. On the reverse the standing figure of Genius holds a patera and a cornucopia and is flanked by T and F. Below, in the exergue, are the mint letters for Lugdunum (PLG). The legend on this side reads GENIO POP ROM

This coin is a billon follis, which was struck for Galerius (AD 305-11). In volume V of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values the coin is listed as number14530. It was struck during AD 307.   


The coin would grade about VF and to a collector it should be worth around £25.

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