Roman Empire, Diocletian, Follis


Roman Empire, Diocletian, Follis (obverse) Roman Empire, Diocletian, Follis (reverse)

This follis was minted in Carthage between 297 and 298 AD. The obverse shows the portrait of Emperor Diocletian (284-305). On the reverse is the personification of Africa, holding a tusk in her left hand and a standard in her right. At her feet is a lion killing a bull.

The inscription reads FELIX ADVENTVS AVGVSTORVM NOSTRORVM, the fortunate arrival of our senior emperors. This refers to a victory that Maximian had won in Africa in those years. Nomadic tribes had invaded Roman territory, and the emperor had extinguished the problem by extinguishing the nomads – a brutal, but effective method.


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