Bronze Nummis (a.k.a.
Follis) of Galerius, A.D. 305 - 311
Herclea mint, A.D. 308-309
Obverse: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS P F AVG
Reverse: GENIO IMP-E-RATORIS - Genius, nude, with chlamys draped over arm, holding patera in right hand and cornucopiae in left.
[dot]HTA[dot] in exergue.
26x28mm, 5.4 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.<