Post-reform radiate

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Radiate of Gallienus, discovered in the Vale of Glamorgan.

The post-reform radiate (the Latin name, like many Roman coins of this time, is unknown), was a Roman coin first issued by Diocletian during his currency reforms. The radiate looked very similar to the Antoninianus (pre-reform radiate), with a radiate crown like Sol Invictus. The difference is the absence of the "XXI" that existed on pre-reform radiates, a symbol believed to have indicated a consistence of 20 parts bronze to 1 part silver. The post-reform radiate had little or no silver content. The weight varies between 2.23[1] and 3.44 grams.[2]

There also exists radiates of Maximian, Constantius I, and Galerius, Diocletian's co-rulers, in the same style.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-02-28. Retrieved 2006-09-13.  retrieved 13 sept 2006
  2. ^ http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/ric/diocletian/_cyzicus_RIC_015a.txt