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.