Constantine I defeats Licinius

03 Jul 2019  Wed

Valerius Licinianus Licinius, more commonly known as Licinius, was Roman Emperor reigning from 308 to 324. Born to a Dacian peasant family in Moesia Superior, Licinius accompanied his close childhood friend, the future emperor Galerius, on the Persian expedition in 298.

Licinius advanced in the army and was suddenly elevated to the rank of Augustus (November 308) by his Galerius. For most of his reign, he was the colleague and rival of Constantine I. On July 3, 324, Battle of Adrianople erupted between Licinius and Constantine, in which Constantine I defeats Licinius, who flees to Byzantium.

The above shown gold Aureus was issued under his reign from Nicomedia mint. The obverse of a coin depicted the laureate head of Licinius right. On the other had the reverse of a coin bears the Jupiter standing left on the platform, holding the statue of Victory, eagle left at feet holding laurel wreath in beak.

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