Obverse: FL DALMATIVS NOB C; Laureate, Draped, and Cuirassed Bust of Delmatius Facing Right.
Reverse: GLORIA EXERCITVS; Two Soldiers Standing on Either Side of a Standard.
Flavius Julius Delmatius was born in 313 A.D. He was the grandson of Constantius I. He was elevated as Caesar in 335 A.D., and given administrative control of the provinces of Thrace, Macedonia, and Greece. He was killed in the general proscription of his family following the accession of Constantine’s sons.
How many hands have touched a coin in your pocket or purse? What eras and lands have the coin traversed on its journey into our possession? As we reach into our pockets to pull out some change, we rarely hesitate to think of who might have touched the coin before us, or where the coin will venture to after it leaves our hands. More than money, coins are a symbol of the state that struck them, of a specific time and location, whether contemporary currencies or artifacts of a long forgotten empire. This stunning hand-struck coin reveals an expertise of craftsmanship and intricate sculptural detail that is often lacking in contemporary machine-made currencies. This ancient coin is a memorial to Delmatius passed from the hands of civilization to civilization, from generation to generation that still appears as vibrant today as the day it was struck. - (C.6020)