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Galerius Valerius Maximianus
Caesar 293-305
Augustus 305-311
Galerius [b. ca. 250] became Diocletian's Caesar in 293, marrying Diocletian's daughter Galeria Valeria. He began well in defending the Danubian frontier, but in 296 suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Persians. In 297 he had his revenge, defeating the Persians  so severely as to establish peace for a generation. When Diocletian and Maximianus retired in 305, Galerius became senior Augustus; but after Constantius died and Constantine was acclaimed, Maxentius seized power in Rome and  Galerius had to recall Diocletian to resolve the conflicts.  A man of action who demanded strict obedience, Galerius confronted the conflicting beliefs of the Christian sect. His repressive measures are remembered as the Great Persecution, and Galerius' agonizing death from cancer in 311 was described  in early Christian literature as divine retribution.

Relatives depicted on coins: Galeria Valeria - wife
   

R3709* 3249 Galerius Caesar: AE 26 Follis
$85.00
Obv. GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES
Laur. hd. r.
Rev. GENIO POPVLI ROMANI
Genius stg. l.
10.69 g
Sear 3709v; RIC 20b (Heraclea)
nearly EF, silvered

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R3730* 0603 Galeria Valeria: AE 26 Follis
$120.00
Obv. GAL VALERIA AVG Diad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. VENERI VICTRICI Venus stg. facing
5.74 g
Sear 3730v; RIC 36 (Thessalonica) VF

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R3712* 0727 Galerius: AE 28 Follis
$80.00
Obv. MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES
Laur. hd. r.
Rev. SACRA MONET AVGG ET CAESS NOSTR
Moneta stg. l.
8.70 g
Sear 3712v; RIC 139b (Siscia)
VF, Rare

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