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Elpis or Spes

Elpis was the Greek, and Spes the Roman, personification of Hope. According the Hesiod's famous story, Elpis was the last to escape the Pandora's box. It can be debated whether she was really about "hope" as we understand it, or rather mere "expectation." In art, Elpis is normally depicted carrying flowers or a cornucopia, but on coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right, while the left is raising a fold of her dress. She was also named "ultima dea" - the last resort of men.


Gallic Empire, Tetricus I, mid 271 - Spring 274 A.D.

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During the Crisis of the Third Century (235 - 284 A.D.), the Roman Empire nearly collapsed under the combined pressures of invasion, civil war, plague, and economic depression. In the western provinces official mints did not meet the needs for low value coinage and unofficial private mints struck imitations of Roman coins (usually antoniniani). These unofficial imitations, called barbarous radiates today, were not counterfeits. They were smaller than standard issues, were not intended to deceive, and probably only functioned as small change. The most frequently imitated prototypes are of the Gallic emperors Tetricus I and his son, Tetricus II.
RA79592. Billon antoninianus, RIC V 136, Cohen VI 170, SRCV III 11250, Hunter IV - (p. ci), VF, nice portrait, nice green patina, tight ragged flan with edge cracks, light scratches, earthen deposits, weight 2.640 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 0o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint, 272 - 273 A.D.; obverse IMP C TETRICVS P F AVG, radiate and draped bust right; reverse SPES PVBLICA, Spes walking left, flower in right hand, raising fold of chiton with left; ex Rusty Romans; $26.00 (Ä23.14)


Julian II "the Apostate," February 360 - 26 June 363 A.D.

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Spes was the Roman personification of Hope. In art Spes is normally depicted carrying flowers or a cornucopia, but on coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right hand, while the left is raising a fold of her dress. She was also named "ultima dea" - for Hope is the last resort of men. On this coin, the Caesar, Julian, the designated successor of the emperor, is identified as the hope for the future of the Roman people.
BB83801. Bronze reduced maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 394, F, scratches, tight, ragged flan, weight 1.538 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, as caesar, 6 Nov 355 - 3 Nov 361 A.D.; obverse D N IVLIANVS NOB C, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse SPES REIPVBLICE, emperor standing left in military garb, globe in right hand, spear in left, [...]SISē in exergue; scarce; $9.00 (Ä8.01)


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

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BMCRE III 810 note, "Does the variant of the obverse with the aegis, occur?"
RB78064. Orichalcum sestertius, Woytek 338c, RIC II 519, Strack I 403, BMCRE III 810 var. (slight drapery), BnF IV 543 (same), Cohen II 459 var. (same), SRCV II 3200, aF, potentially active corrosion, weight 25.548 g, maximum diameter 33.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 109 - 110 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate head right, aegis on left shoulder; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Spes advancing left, raising flower in right hand, raising drapery with left hand, S - C flanking across field; $1.99 (Ä1.77)







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