AbstractLaureate Head of Galerius
Genius Standing and Holding a Patera and Cornucopia
This bronze follis was minted at Nicomedia between 308 and 310 AD. The obverse of this coin bears the laureate head of Galerius facing right, and the reverse shows Genius standing and holding a patera and cornucopia. Galerius was born a peasant, but he joined the Roman military and was able to work his way up in rank, eventually being named Caesar of the eastern part of the empire under Diocletian in 293 AD. When Diocletian abdicated his authority in 305 AD, Galerius was then named Augustus or emperor along with Constantius. During his time as Caesar, he fought the Persians and guarded the Danube against barbarian tribes. As emperor, he dealt with usurpers, revolts, and internal politics. Galerius was also very influential in persecuting Christians, and some believe that he was behind Diocletian's persecutions. In 311 AD, however, he retracted his policies against the Christians when he was dying from a terrible illness.