Bronze Coin of Emperor Licinius - C.4769 - For Sale
Bronze Coin of Emperor Licinius - C.4769
Bronze Coin of Emperor Licinius - C.4769 Origin: Minted in Alexandria Circa: 308 AD to 324 AD Collection: Numismatics Style: Roman Medium: Bronze This well-preserved coin in F/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 Jupiter, the king of the gods. He was also the grandfather of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, and was thus a highly patriotic symbol to the Romans. 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 power and authority (the sceptre) as bestowed upon him by the people of Rome, as embodied by the imperial eagle. The victory he is holding celebrates martial success, presumably over the bound prisoner at his feet.