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Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D.
Hilaritas, the personification of rejoicing, is usually depicted as a matron, standing with a cornucopia in her left hand and a long palm frond on the ground in her right. Green branches were a sign of gladness and for special occasions, both public and private, it was the custom in ancient times to ornament streets, temples, gates, houses, and even entire cities, with branches and leaves of trees. This tradition carries on today in the form of wreaths and Christmas trees.
RS84945. Silver denarius
, RIC IV
190, RSC III
54, BMCRE V
281, Hunter III
116, SRCV II
7517, EF, light bumps and marks, dark spots, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight
3.090g, maximum diameter
19.0mm, die axis
, c. 218 - 219 A.D.; obverse
ANTONINVS PIVS FEL
AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust
right, from behind; reverse HILARITAS
standing front, looking left, patera
in right, long grounded palm
frond in left, flanked by two nude children standing at her feet reaching up to her, the child on the right touching the palm
frond; ex Gorny
& Mosch auction 2377 (Mar 2016), lot 1972; $160.00
Catalog current as of Saturday, October 21, 2017.
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