Reigned: 305-311 A.D.

GAIVS GALERIVS VALERIVS MAXIMIANUS was born about 250 in Moesia Superior. He became Caesar in the east in 293 when Diocletian established the tetrarchy. His major military feat was the defeat of the Sassanians in 298. He was an aggressive persecutor of the Christians, starting as early as 298. In 303 he was the instigator of the "Great" persecution, which only increased in fury when he succeeded Diocletian as Augustus in May, 305. He struggled to preserve the tetrarchic system against chaos. He became ill in the summer of 310, and ended the persecution on April 30, before his death on May 5, 311.(From MONETA, from

RIC VI 19b

AE Post Reform Radiate, (21mm, 3.26g) Struck 295-6 A.D. Cyzicus

Obv: GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right

Rev CONCORDIA MILITVM Galerius stg right in military dress recieving a small Victory on globe from Jupiter stg left leaning on scepter

RIC VI 19b


AE Follis (27mm) Struck 309-10 A.D. Cyzicus

Obv: GAL MAXIMIANVS P F AVG Laureate head right

Rev: GENIO AVGVSTI Genius standing left, modius on head, naked but for a chlamys over left shoulder, r. hand holding a patera from which liquor flows.. hand holding a cornucopiae B in left field, * in right, MKV in exergue




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