The Tetrarchy


The Roman Empire became too unwieldy for one Augustus to handle, so the Tetrarchy was developed. Two Augusti and two Caesars would divide the Empire between them.

The arrangement worked well for a few years, but ultimately it didn't last.

Obverse Reverse Diocletian r. 284-305 A.D.
Antoninianus (before 295 AD)
Obv. ... DIOCLETIANVS AVG

Rev. AETERNITAS AVGG
Aeternitas with phoenix on globe
Mint mark - T XXI T
Obverse Reverse Constantius (Chlorus) emp. 305-306 A.D.
Follis
Obv. FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES

Rev. GENIO POPVLI ROMANI
Mint mark - TS - Thessalonika
Obverse Reverse Galerius emp. 305-311 A.D.
Antoninianus
Obv. GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES - (293-295 AD)

Rev. CONCORDIA (MILITVM)
Obverse Reverse Maxentius, r. 306-312 A.D.
Follis
Obv. IMP C MAXENTIVS PF AVG

Rev. CONSERV VRB SVAE
Rome inside a temple
Mint mark- R B T - Rome
Obverse Reverse Maximinus II, r. 309-313 A.D.
Follis
Obv. IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS PF AVG

Rev. IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG
Jove with sceptre, Victory & wreath, and eagle
Mint mark- A in field, SMHT- Heraclea
Obverse Reverse Licinius (I) r. 308-324 A.D.
Follis
Obv. IMP LICINIVS PF AVG
He shared the empire with Constantine until defeated by him in 324.

Rev. SOLI INVICTO COMITI
The god of the sun holding a globe and a wand.
Obverse Reverse Licinius (II)
Follis
Obv. DN VAL LICIN LICINIVS NOB C
He was killed shortly after his father, at the age of 9.

Rev. IOVI CONSERVATORI
Mint-mark SMANTH in exergue, X above III in right field