Roman billon antoninianus in the name of Galerius Maximian, from Rome, 297-8Image["Roman antoninianus of Galerius Maximian, Rome, 297-8"]
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Roman billon antoninianus in the name of Galerius Maximian, from Rome, 297-8
This antoninianus is made of billon, an alloy of silver and copper. It was minted at Rome between 297 and 298 during the reigns of the emperors Diocletian (284-305) and Maximian (286-305, 306-08, 310), but bears the name and likeness of Diocletian's junior partner in rule, the Cæsar Galerius Maximian, who would later rule as Augustus 305-11. The obverse shows a bust of Galerius, wearing laurels and the inscription 'GAL VAL MAXIMIA[NVS NOB C]', for Galerius Valerius Maximianus nobilis Cæsar. The reverse shows the inscription 'VOT XX / Z' in two lines in a laurel wreath. The letter 'Z' indicates that the coin was minted at Rome. It was pierced and labelled 'No. 41' by Commodore Perry, but his label misspells Galerius's name as Gallenius.