The Bronze Age of the Lower Roman Empire. Authentic coin of the period

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The Lower Roman Empire extends from Diocletian's rise to power in 284 to the end of the Western Roman Empire in 476.

After the golden age of the Roman Empire, a deterioration began in the institutions of the Empire, particularly that of the emperor himself. Between 238 and 285 there were 19 emperors, none of whom died a natural death, and who were unable to take the reins of government and act in coordination with the Senate, and so ended up plunging Rome into a real institutional crisis.

The barbarian tribes were located at the limits of the empire due to the lack of discipline on the part of the army, in addition to the ungovernability emanating from the central power, incapable of acting against this situation.
Traditionally it is placed in the year 476 as the date that definitively marks the fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the Middle Ages.

The follis was a coin of Ancient Rome introduced around 294 during the monetary reform of Diocletian. It was a large bronze coin, weighing between eight and ten grams, with approximately 4% silver.

In the time of Constantine I the size of the follis was smaller and the amount of silver was hardly appreciable. In the middle of the 4th century a series of bronze coins were introduced which are referred to as AE1, AE2, AE3 and AE4, from 27 to 15 mm in diameter.

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