A ROMAN BRONZE FOLLIS OF GALERIA VALERIA IN PENDANT
Please refer to our stock # PS102 when inquiring.
Antioch Mint, AD 309
Obverse: Diademed and draped bust of Galeria Valeria facing right. GAL VAL-ERIA AVG.
Reverse: Venus standing in exaggerated s-curve with head left. Holding in apple in her right hand and raising her drapery with her left. O over D in right field. ANT· in exergue. VENERI V_ICTRICI.
In very fine condition with natural patina present. Set in modern sterling silver setting with gilt front.
Diameter: 26 mm; Weight: 13.9g from coin and setting.
Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
RIC VI, 115
Galeria Valeria was the daughter of the emperor Diocletian and his wife Prisca. She was married to Galerius in AD 293 after his appointment as Caesar under Diocletian. In AD 308 she was elevated to the position of Augusta and coins began to be minted in her name. This continued until the death of Galerius in AD 311. Unfortunately, following the death of her husband she fell out of favor and was beheaded, along with her mother, in AD 314/5 after a period of exile.