A topic sphere of representations in the coinage of Florian, the Roman emperor (276 AD.) Cover Image

Sfera topiczna wyobrażeń w mennictwie cesarza rzymskiego Floriana (276 rok)
A topic sphere of representations in the coinage of Florian, the Roman emperor (276 AD.)

Author(s): Agata A. Kluczek
Subject(s): History
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego

Summary/Abstract: The key to discuss the subject-matter in Florian’s coinage and differentiate the topic in the coinage in the second half of the third century was to take three following steps: 1) determine the typological structure of the coinage of Florian in percentages, based on the analysis of the content of the monetary treasures, 2) attach the monetary types to broader thematic categories, 3) compare the hierarchy of the thematic categories and monetary types in the coinage of Florian and others emperors governing in the years 268—276 AD. The basis for the analysis constituted the material covering 778 silver Florian’s coins coming from 11 big monetary hoards. A collection of 28 gold Florian’s coins, as well as his single medallions was the completion allowing for making conclusions precise. The material for retrospection and comparison constituted 46 186 silver coins minted in the times of Claudius II, Quintillus, Aurelian, and Tacitus. A comparative analysis of topics dealt with in Florian’s coinage and that of his predecessors proves that the coin-images made on behalf of Florian were reflected above all in conventional dreams on the ruler equipped with virtus and guaranteeing the prosperity in the empire. Moreover, the coins messages present a strong dependence of the emperor on the army.

  • Issue Year: 8/2011
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 36-58
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Polish