AD 296-305

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The first Tetrarchs: Diocletian and Galerius -- Maximian and Constantius


Historical Background

Page coin photo The Dyarchy of Diocletian and Maximian, the geographical division of the Empire into East and West and the creation of seccessionist Britain by the Usurper Augustus, Carausius. Go to the Historical Background page.

Overview of the First Tetrarchy

Page coin phto Includes coin portraits with titulature & legends (RIC VI, Londinium, Group I) plus brief Biographies, notes and a chronology of events relating to the Roman coinage produced in Britain during this period. Go to the Overview of the First Tetrarchy page.

British Invasion Coinage of Constantius

Page coin photo The production of "invasion folles" in Gaul using Lugdunese workers. The subsequent invasion and occupation of secessionist Britain and its restoration to the Roman Empire by Constantius. Go to the British Invasion Coinage of Constantius page.

Post-Invasion Coinage Produced in Britain

Page coin photo The re-opening of the London Mint by Constantius, the Intermediate Group coinage proposed by Bastien and the production of coins in Britain issued in the name of Constantius. Go to the Post-Invasion Coinage Produced in Britain page. 2016-01-30

Coin Images Gallery

Page coin photo Includes legend inscriptions, coin sizes, weights, attribution information, notes and general commentary Go to the Coin Images Gallery page.

Roman Imperial Coin Lettering

Capitalis Monumentalis fragment exemplar Roman Capitalis Monumentalis lettering and its modification and adaptation by the coin engravers of the Roman Empire. Lettering and Inscription reading exemplars are included. Go to the Roman Coin Lettering page.


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Coin Photography

All photographs of coins used in the body of these web pages were taken by me using a Pentax Optio W10 digital camera (in Macro mode) attached to a mini tripod. Coins were placed on smooth black velvet cloth and illuminated by natural day light.

Page layout on this site

Much of the typewritten text content on the pages of this site is justified which, while producing a nicely balanced layout, results in occasional uneven white spacing between words.

The end of Brittanic coinage of the First Tetrarchy

Diocletian and Maximian retired in 305 to become Seniores Augusti.

In May of 305 Constantius succeeded Maximian as Augustus of the West and Galerius succeeded Diocletian as Augustus of the East, as planned. Flavius Valerius Severus - Severus - was appointed Caesar of the West and Galerius Valerius Maximinus Daia: - Maximinus - was appointed Caesar of the East. The second Tetrarchy was thus created.

Constantius died at York in Britain during a campaign against the warlike tribes of the North in July AD 306.

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Reference Books

LacusCurtius: Into the Roman World

This division of Bill Thayer's Web site is a monumental online reference resource for students of Ancient Rome. It includes a section devoted to Roman Britain -- of particular interest here is Bill Thayer's online copy of John Ward's informative and detailed Book (now in the Public Domain) The Roman Era in Britain and especially the Coins and Roman Britain page - no illustrations, but much useful information.

Kevan W. White's comprehensive reference resource for all things pertaining to Roman Britain. Link to go to the Web Site


De Imperatoribus Romanis offers this facility which includes extensive biographies and bibliographical links. The Stemmata of the Emperors of the Tetrarchy.

London Mint data compilation

London Mint: AD 296-325 - Ken Elks' comprehensive resource that includes a link to his Obverse & Reverse types and Legends page.

Additional External links

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AD 296-305