#17) Bronze Nummus (a.k.a.
Follis) of Galerius, A.D. 305 - 311
Cyzicus Mint, A.D. 308 - 310
Obverse: GAL MAXIMIANVS P F AVG.
Reverse: GENIO IMP-ERATORIS - Genius, modius on head, nude except for chlamys over left shoulder, holding cornucopiae and pouring wine from patera.
MKV in exergue; A in left field.
27 mm, 6.9 g.
Ruthless, scheming and manipulative, Galerius Valerius Maximianus, called Galerius to distinguish him from his co-ruler Maximianus, tried to take over the Tetrarchy by appointing puppets as Caesars. He also initiated relentless persecution of the Christians. In the end, however, all his efforts proved fruitless. Early Christian historians claim that his slow, painful and humiliating death was punishment from God for his treatment of the Christians.