THE COINAGE ISSUED BY CONSTANTIUS (293-306)
~ Restorer of Secessionist Britain to the Roman Empire ~

THE BRITISH INVASION COINAGE OF CONSTANTIUS

Last updated: 21 May 2017

[Constantius coin photo]
CONSTANTIUS

In 293 Diocletian instituted the Tetrarchy: government of the geographically divided Empire by four interacting rulers - two Augusti assisted by two subordinate Caesars which each Augustus would personally select. Diocletian, Augustus of the east, selected Galerius Maximian as his Caesar and Maximian Herculius, Augustus of the west, selected Constantius as his Caesar. The first assignment given Constantius by Maximian was to remove Carausius, the usurper Augustus of secessionist Britain, and restore that former possession to the Empire. Constantius thereupon beseiged and captured Boulogne and then wrested coastal Gaul from Carausius. Constantius now set about planning the invasion, occupation and restoration of secessionist Britain to the Empire.

One of the first orders of business for Constantius was to insure that a supply of reformed aes coinage - now the commonplace legal tender of the Roman Empire - was available for use not only by his occupying force, but also by the British civilian populace. To that end Constantius established a Continental Mint (exact location unknown although some French sources list it as Boulogne), manned by Lugdunese workers, to produce this invasion coinage - unmarked (i.e. without a mint mark) folles issued in the names of Diocletian & Maximian Herculius as Augustus and Constantius & Galerius Maximian as Caesar.

Notes relating to unknown Continental Mint invasion coinage

Examplars of unknown Continental Mint invasion coinage

RIC Volume VI, Lugdunum, Group I, (iv), folles, Class I, No. 14-21, c. 296, 10.5-8.75 gm, reverse axis 6 or 12 o'clock. Laureate head, right, with bare neck truncation.


RIC VI, Lugdunum, Follis, No. 14a - Diocletian

[Diocletian coin photo] [Diocletian coin photo]
IMP C DIOCLETIANVS PF AVG ............................. GENIO POPV -- LI ROMANI


RIC VI, Lugdunum, Follis, No. 14b - Maximianus

[Maximian coin photo] [Maximian coin photo]
IMP C MAXIMIANVS PF AVG ................................. GENIO POP -- VLI ROMANI


RIC VI, Lugdunum, Follis, No. 17a - Constantius

[Constantius coin photo] [Constantius coin photo]
FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB C .............................. GENIO POPV -- LI ROMANI


RIC VI, Lugdunum, No. 17b, Follis - Galerius

[Galerius coin photo] [Galerius coin photo]
C VAL MAXIMIANVS NOB C .............................. GENIO POPV -- LI ROMANI


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