Bronze Follis of Emperor Licinius - C.4705 - For Sale
Bronze Follis of Emperor Licinius - C.4705
Bronze Follis of Emperor Licinius - C.4705 Origin: MediterraneanCirca: 308 AD to 324 AD Collection: Numismatics Style: Roman Medium: Bronze This well-preserved coin in VF+ condition was struck for the emperor Licinius. Coinage operates as a propagandist device in all cultures, and particularly during the Roman Empire when the borders were uncertain and internal strife threatened to destabilise the economy. The iconography shows the emperor associating himself with Sol, a late empire period sun god. This is an interesting finding, as Licinius was theoretically supporting of Christians and it is thus odd that his coins should bear such a pagan symbol. , The associations between emblems on coins and the intended effect are usually fairly obvious, and in this case it is perhaps an indication of the emperor’s ambition, as indicated by the globe.