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date: 09 July 2020

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In the 1980s, the edict was known as “Diocletian's Currency Revaluation”; by the dawn of the new millennium it was known as the “Aphrodisias Currency Inscription.” The highest-denomination coin mentioned is an argenteus of 100 common denarii. The argenteus that was introduced had a high silver content, and its weight of 96 to the (Roman) pound was marked on the reverses of some issues. Such a silver coin had not been manufactured at Rome since the time of Nero. It was only briefly matched in the third century by the accession issues of the usurper Carausius. The currency inscription refers to the coinage in maiore orbis parte—used by most of the world. This was a relatively new situation in the Roman Empire. The expected pattern of succession established by the Tetrarchy broke down quite suddenly on 25 July 306 outside the legionary fortress and temporary palace at York.

Keywords: tetrarchy, denarii, argenteus, Roman Empire, currency inscription

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