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Security (Securitas)

Securitas was depicted on Roman coins more frequently in perilous times. Securitas coin types may have been appeals to the gods, or expressions of hope or intent, or perhaps it simply propaganda.


Tacitus, 25 September 275 - June 276 A.D.

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In 276, Marcus Annius Florianus defeated the Goths and Alans who had invaded Asia Minor. After Tacitus was murdered or died of illness in June 276, Florianus was made emperor. After holding power only for some weeks, Florianus was assassinated by his own troops. Probus, age 44, was proclaimed the new Emperor of Rome.
RA86758. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 3448 (65 spec.), RIC V-1 163, BnF XII 1706, Gloucester 741, La Venra 1950 - 1977, Ciron IV 398, Choice EF, excellent portrait, full circles strike, near full silvering, tiny deposits, weight 3.931 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 180o, 6th officina, Ticinum mint, issue 2, early Jun 276; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse SECVRIT PERP (everlasting security), Securitas standing facing, head left, legs crossed, right hand on head, left forearm resting on column, VI (6th officina) in exergue; ex Kirk Davis List 48 (Nov 2005); $175.00 (148.75)


Macrinus, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D.

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The same types with the same legends may have been minted for Macrinus at both Rome and Antioch. Some examples with a short beard and younger face are clearly of the style of Rome (and probably look little like Macrinus who was in the east). Some, but probably not all, examples with a longer beard and older features were probably minted at Antioch. RIC does not attempt to distinguish between the products of the two mints.
RS73902. Silver denarius, RIC IV 24b; RSC III 62; BMCRE V p. 501, 40; Hunter III 19; SRCV II 7347, VF, well centered, very dark thick toning, perhaps debased silver, weight 2.495 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (or Rome?) mint, Jan 217 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate cuirassed bust right; reverse PONTIF MAX TR P COS P P (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power, consul, father of the country), Securitas standing facing, head left, legs crossed, long scepter vertical in right, resting left arm on column; $110.00 (93.50)


Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D.

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In Roman Coins and Their Values, Volume III, David Sear notes this type was issued for the wedding of Gordian and Tranquillina.

Under Gordian III the same coin types were often struck at both Rome and Antioch. One way to distinguish Gordian's coins struck at Antioch from those struck at Rome is the shape of the letter M. On coins from Antioch, M usually resembles a V in the middle of two I's, thus IVI. From the Rome mint, M normally resembles two lambdas, thus ΛΛ.
RS79932. Silver denarius, RIC IV 130 (R), RSC IV 340, Hunter III 65, SRCV III 8682, Choice gVF, well centered, nice metal, die wear, weight 2.879 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, issued for wedding to Tranquillina, 241 - 242 A.D.; obverse IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SECVRITAS PVBLICA (security of the public), Securitas seated left, at ease, scepter in right hand, propping head with left hand; $95.00 (80.75)


Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D.

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On 25 February 244, Gordian III was murdered by mutinous soldiers in Zaitha (Mesopotamia). Philip the Arab, who had been responsible for Gordian's "perpetual security," declared himself emperor.
RB73637. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 335a, Cohen V 329, Hunter III 152, SRCV III 8740, VF, excellent portrait, well centered and struck, attractive brown surfaces, light marks and corrosion, small edge cracks, weight 17.188 g, maximum diameter 30.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 5th issue, c. 243 - Jul 244 A.D.; obverse IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SECVRITAS PERPET (everlasting security), Securitas standing facing, head left, right leg crossed in front of left leg, vertical scepter in right hand, leaning with left arm on column, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; $90.00 (76.50)


Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D.

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In Roman Coins and Their Values, Volume III, David Sear notes this type was issued for the wedding of Gordian and Tranquillina.

Under Gordian III the same coin types were often struck at both Rome and Antioch. One way to distinguish Gordian's coins struck at Antioch from those struck at Rome is the shape of the letter M. On coins from Antioch, M usually resembles a V in the middle of two I's, thus IVI. From the Rome mint, M normally resembles two lambdas, thus ΛΛ.
RS86828. Silver denarius, RIC IV 130 (R), RSC IV 340, Hunter III 65, SRCV III 8682, VF, well centered, struck with worn dies, small edge cracks, weight 2.567 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 80o, Rome mint, issued for wedding to Tranquillina, 241 - 242 A.D.; obverse IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SECVRITAS PVBLICA (security of the public), Securitas seated left on throne, at ease, transverse scepter in right hand, propping head with left hand; ex Beast Coins; $80.00 (68.00)


Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D.

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In winter 241, Gordian III arrived at Antioch and began to prepare with his army for an offensive against the Persians. In 242, Shapur I made a preemptive attack on Antioch to drive him out. Gordian's father-in-law, Timesitheus, repeatedly defeated the Persians until, in 243, Shapur was forced to retreat back to Persia.
RS65189. Silver denarius, RIC IV 130 (R), RSC IV 340, Hunter III 65, SRCV III 8682, VF, well centered, weight 3.174 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 241 - 242 A.D.; obverse IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SECVRITAS PVBLICA (security of the public), Securitas seated left, at ease, scepter in right hand, propping head with left hand; $65.00 (55.25)


Constans, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D.

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The RIC lists this type as common but this is only the third coin of Constans with this reverse type handled by Forum.
RL68789. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Rome 11, LRBC I 588, SRCV V 18566, Cohen VII 102, Voetter -, Hunter V -, VF, attractive green patina, weight 1.331 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Rome mint, 9 Sep 337 - spring 340 A.D.; obverse D N FL CONSTANS AVG, laurel and rosette diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse SECVRITAS REIP (security of the Republic), Securitas standing right holding scepter in right and leaning left elbow on column, R clover leaf Q in exergue; rare; $50.00 (42.50)







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