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Macrianus, fall or winter 260 - early 261 A.D.

Macrianus was the son of one of Valerians generals during his campaigns against the Persians. After Valerian was captured, the general Macrianus and the Praetorian Prefect Ballista rallied the troops and inflicted several defeats upon the Persian armies of Shapur, who retreated across the Euphrates. Inspired by this victory, they decided to march against Emperor Gallienus, while leaving the brother of Macrianus Junior, Quietus, in charge of the Eastern provinces. A large army under command of the general Aureolus met them and they were soundly beaten, both the emperor and his father died in the battle.


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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 Macrianus is identified as the hope of the Roman people.
SH27126. Silvered antoninianus, RSC IV 13, RIC V 13, SRCV III 10811, EF, weight 4.122 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, obverse IMP C FVL MACRIANVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse SPES PVBLICA (the hope of the public), Spes walking left, flower in right, with left raising fold of dress; rare; SOLD


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In Roman mythology, Aequitas was the minor goddess of fair trade and honest merchants. Aequitas was also the personification of the virtues equity and fairness of the emperor (Aequitas Augusti). The scales, a natural emblem of equity, express righteousness. The cornucopia signifies the prosperity which results from Aequitas and Aequitas Augusti.
RA26597. Billon antoninianus, Göbl MIR 1727k, RSC IV 1, RIC V 5 (R2), Hunter 1, SRCV III 10798, EF, weight 3.976 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, obverse IMP C FVL MACRIANVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse AEQVTAS (sic) AVGG, Aequitas standing half left, scales in right hand, scepter in left hand, star left; rare; SOLD


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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 Macrianus is identified as the hope of the Roman people.
SH26296. Silvered antoninianus, RSC IV 13, RIC V 13, SRCV III 10811, EF, weight 3.484 g, maximum diameter 22.2 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, obverse IMP C FVL MACRIANVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse SPES PVBLICA (the hope of the public), Spes walking left, flower in right, with left raising fold of dress; rare; SOLD










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Göbl, R. Moneta Imperii Romani, Band 35: Die Münzprägung des Kaiser Valerianus I / Gallienus / Saloninus / (253/268), Regalianus (260) un Macrianus / Quietus (260/262). (Vienna, 2000).
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