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Saloninus, Summer 260 A.D.
From the Antioch Hoard of Gallienus.
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, Saloninus, the designated successor of the emperor, is identified as the hope for the future of the Roman people.
RS39711. Billon antoninianus
, AHG 318 (this coin), GŲbl MIR
1696d (Samosata), RIC V-1
36 (Antioch), RSC IV
95 (Antioch), SRCV III
10775 (uncertain Syrian), Hunter IV
- (p. liii), VF, uncertain Syrian mint, weight
4.085g, maximum diameter
21.6mm, die axis
, as caesar
, 258 - 259 A.D.; obverse
SALON VALERIANVS NOB CAES
, draped, and cuirassed bust
right; reverse SPES PVBLICA
(the hope of the public), Saloninus
(on left) and Spes
(on right) standing confronted
is raising skirt and presenting flower to prince, Saloninus
in left; SOLD
Catalog current as of Sunday, July 22, 2018.
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