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    Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 6:32pm
I have a coin I believe to be roman. I can't find too much about it. Don't really know alot about old coins either. Can't upload images right now so I will try to describe it. This one looks to be bronze and looks to say " IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG" around the portrait. On the other side it says " genio imp eratoris" I think, and has an x on the left side of the figure and s k on the right. At the bottom it says ale. It looks like the figure in the middle is pouring something with their right hand and holding a bird or staff with the other. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Hi Morrison,

I am pretty certain your coin is of the emperor Galerius who ruled from 305-311AD. Your coin was minted at Alexandria (hence the mintmark of "ALE").

The possible combinations of field markings (X on the left, S over K on the right) on the reverse of your coin are quite extensive. I am not 100% certain, but I couldn't find your exact combination. Without seeing a picture of your coin, it is hard to say. Is it possible that the "S" is actually another letter because that is the field mark in question.

Anyways, you have the legends on the obverse and reverse correct. The reverse depicts the "Genius" of the emperor standing left with chlamys over his shoulder, modius on his head, pouring libation from a patera in right hand and holding a cornucopiae in his left hand.

Anyways, I am posting a nice example of a similar coin with a different field marking (also no libations from patera on this one) just to verify that this is similar to yours.

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-Kurt





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Thanks for the information, here are some pictures. thanks.
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Your welcome. Very nice coin you have.

The "S" field mark is interesting, maybe I missed that entry in my search.

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Do you know what the "s" stands for? Also do you know the value at all?
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Without being able to narrow down the field marking combination you have its hard to have a precise value, but given the condition of the coin, I would estimate that someone would be willing to pay at least $40 for it and possible more depending on its perceived or actual rarity.

The field combinations for this type of coin, I believe, suggest what officinae (mint workshop) the coin was struck at within Alexandria.

-Kurt
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