As the Romans became the dominant force in the Mediterranean, their coins were produced in greater numbers and with a wide variety of designs. When the Roman Republic evolved into the Roman Empire in the late first century BC, their coins began depicting the Emperor on the obverse, and including their name and copious titles in the inscription. The reverses often show gods or personifications of colonies that had been captured.
ROMAN EMPIRE. Maximian, first reign. 286-305 AD. AR Argenteus (18mm, 2.77gr, 12h). Siscia Mint in 294 AD. Obv: MAXIMIA-NVS AVG, laureate head of Maximian right. Rev: VIRTVS MILITVM, the four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod before city enclosure with eight turrets. RIC VI 32b. A superb specimen, perfectly struck and attractively toned. NGC MS★ 5/5, 5/5.
Constantius I. A.D. 305-306. AR Argenteus, (19 mm, 3.57gr). Serdica. Obv: Laureate head of Constantius I right. Rev: Camp gate with three turrets; ·SM·SD(Delta)·. RIC 11a; G. Gautier, "Le monnayage d'argent de Serdica après la réforme de Dioclétien," RN XXXIII (1991), 25; RSC 304A. Rare issue struck after Constantius I became senior emperor. NGC Ch. MS 5/5, 5/5.
ROMAN EMPIRE. CONSTANTIUS I, AD 305-306. AR Argenteus. 17mm, 3.20gr. Rome Mint, 1st officina, ca. AD 295-297. Obv. CONSTANTIVS CAES, laureate head right. Rev. VIRTVS MILITVM, four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod, city walls behind them, A in exergue. RIC VI 42a; Jeločnik 75; Hunter 26; RSC 314†b. NGC Ch MS 5/5, 5/5.