A ROMAN SILVER ARGENTEUS OF CONSTANTIUS I â€śCHLORUSâ€ť
Catalog:Coins:Roman: stock #1281761
Constantius I as Caesar (c. 293-305 CE)
Ticinum Mint; c. 294 CE
Obverse: Laureate bust of Constantius I facing right. CONSTANTI-US CAESAR.
Reverse: The four tetrarchs sacrificing over a tripod alter before six-turreted city enclosure. VIRTUS MILITUM.
In Very Fine condition.
Diameter: 18 mm; Weight: 2.7g
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Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
References: RIC VI, 15a
Constantius I â€śChlorusâ€ť is perhaps best known as the father of Constantine the Great, although he was quite successful in his own right. Like most emperors during this period Constantius was from relatively humble origins and rose to power through military success. He came to power with the beginning of the tetrarchy and ruled as Caesar with Maximian from 293-305 CE and was promoted to Augustus in the west from 305-306 CE.
The tetrarchy was a system conceived by the emperor Diocletian to limit the concentration of power as well as attempt to quell the problems of succession and the assassination of emperors which had by this time become common place. Under this system the Empire was divided into a eastern and a western half each ruled by their own Augustus (or emperor) with the assistance of a Caesar. Upon the death of an Augustus his Caesar would succeed him and appoint unto himself a replacement Caesar. This was intended not only for reasons of succession but also to address the needs of an empire that had become entirely too large to be ruled from a single location effectively.