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The obverse dedicates the coin, "to our lord Diocletian the most pious and fortunate senior emperor." This coin was struck for Diocletian after his abdication and the reverse is dedicated to his rest and retirement. Quies is the personification of rest and retirement.RB90467. Billon follis, RIC VI Treveri 699 (S), SRCV IV -, Choice aEF, nice green patina, some minor pitting, weight 6.763 g, maximum diameter 25.7 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, c. spring 307 A.D.; obverse D N DIOCLETIANO P F S AVG, laureate bust right, wearing imperial mantle, olive branch in right hand, mappa in left; reverse QVIES AV-GVSTORVM, Quies standing half left, branch in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field, PTR in exergue; very scarce; SOLD
Diocletian, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D.
The obverse dedicates the coin, "to our lord Diocletian the most pious and fortunate senior emperor." Quies is the personification of rest and retirement and this reverse is dedicated to the rest and retirement of Diocletian and Maximian after their abdication in 305 A.D.RL74446. Billon follis, RIC VI Londinium 98, Cohen VI 428, SRCV IV 12955, gVF, well centered, light corrosion primarily on the reverse, weight 8.304 g, maximum diameter 26.58 mm, die axis 180o, Londinium (London) mint, 3rd emission, 307 A.D.; obverse D N DIOCLETIANO P F S AVG, laureate bust right, wearing imperial mantle, olive branch in right hand, mappa in left hand; reverse QVIES AVGG, Quies standing half left, branch downward in right hand, long scepter in left hand, PLN in exergue; ex William B. Porter Collection; SOLD
Sasanian Empire, Khusro I, 531 - 579 A.D.
In 559 A.D. an army of Kutrigurs (part of the Bulgars) and Slavs invaded the Byzantine Empire threatening Constantinople. Justinian even called the great general Belisarius out of retirement.AW46240. Silver drachm, GŲbl SN II/2, VF, weight 4.090 g, maximum diameter 28.9 mm, die axis 270o, RD (Raiy, Media) mint, year 29, 559 A.D.; obverse Pahlavi legend: Khusro may his glory increase, crowned bust of king right, three crescents outside border; reverse fire-altar with two attendants, star and crescent above, regnal year numeral left, mint signature right; SOLD