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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.

Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.; EQVITI Series III of Ticinum - * | I VIXXI

|Probus|, |Probus,| |Summer| |276| |-| |September| |282| |A.D.;| |EQVIT<u>I</u>| |Series| |III| |of| |Ticinum| |-| |*| ||| |<u>I</u>| |VIXXI|, |antoninianus|
Ticinum mint EQVITI series III - click "EQVITI" to read the NumisWiki article, "Coins of Probus with Coded Markings of EQVITI Embedded in the mint mark." The letter "I" in the reverse field is the sixth letter of the codeword EQVITI. The letter "VI" in the exergue indicates this coin was struck by the sixth officina (mint workshop). The letters of the word EQVITI are coded in the mint marks of coins from all the officinae of the mint, with the specific letters of the codeword assigned to each officina in order corresponding with their officina numbers. This codeword probably refers to cavalry. It may be AEQVITI truncated because there were only six officinae in operation.
RA87600. Billon antoninianus, Hunter IV 170; RIC V-2 525; Cohen VI 612, Pink p. 67, em. 10; SRCV III 12033, Choice aMS, nearly as struck, lustrous full silvering, excellent centering, bold strike, areas of light toning, weight 3.639 g, maximum diameter 24.5 mm, die axis 0o, 6th officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, 282 A.D.; obverse VIRTVS PROBI AVG (the valor of Emperor Probus), radiate bust left in consular robe, eagle-tipped scepter in right; reverse SECVRIT PERP (everlasting security), Securitas standing left raising right hand to head, resting left elbow on column, star left, I right, VIXXI in exergue; $200.00 SALE |PRICE| $180.00

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.

|Antoninus| |Pius|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.|, |denarius|
Tranquillitas was the goddess of tranquility, security, calmness, and peace.
RS94475. Silver denarius, BMCRE IV 758, RIC III 218 (S), RSC II 826, Strack III 241, Hunter II 83, SRCV II -, Choice VF, well centered, flow lines, light marks, die wear, tiny edge splits, weight 3.296 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 151 - 152 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right; reverse TR POT XV COS IIII, Tranquillitas standing slightly right, head right, rudder in right hand, two stalks of grain downward in left hand, TRANQ in exergue; from an Israeli collection, ex Bertolami Fine Arts; scarce; $200.00 SALE |PRICE| $180.00

Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.|, |denarius|
Securitas sits at ease, clearly relaxed, having nothing to fear. This was, of course, typical Roman propaganda. The reign of Marcus Aurelius was marked by military conflict. The rise of Germanic peoples became an increasing troubling reality for the Empire. The Antonine Plague broke out in 165 or 166 and devastated the population, causing the deaths of five million people within the Empire.
RS94648. Silver denarius, RIC III 348, RSC II 588, BMCRE IV 661 var. (raising drapery over head), Hunter II -, SRCV II -, aVF, light tone, flow lines, porosity, die wear, edge cracks, weight 3.055 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, Dec 175 - Dec 176 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG GERM SARM, laureate head right; reverse SECVRIT PVB TR P XXX IMP VIII COS III, Securitas seated left, scepter in right hand, resting left arm on back of chair; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $90.00 SALE |PRICE| $81.00 ON RESERVE

Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

|Probus|, |Probus,| |Summer| |276| |-| |September| |282| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
Securitas leans on the column at ease, clearly relaxed, having nothing to fear. Probus did much to increase security. He marched against the enemies of Rome in Gaul and Germany and left 400,000 barbarians dead in the field. The remaining barbarian tribes of the north were terrified to peace. Probus then attacked the Blemmyes near Egypt defeating them with tremendous slaughter. Knowing he was next, the king of Persia sued for peace and attempted to buy Probus' favor with splendid presents. Probus was feasting upon the most common food when the ambassadors were introduced. Without even casting his eyes upon them, he said that if their master did not give proper satisfaction to Rome, he would lay Persia as desolate and as naked as the crown of his head. As he spoke the Emperor took off his cap and showed the baldness of his head to the ambassadors. His conditions were gladly accepted by the Persian monarch.
RA87253. Billon antoninianus, Hunter IV 179 (also 6th officina), RIC V-2 573, Pink VI/1 p. 65, Cohen VI 611, cf. SRCV III 12033 (bust and VIXXI), Choice VF, full circle centering, some silvering remains, small areas of light corrosion, weight 4.983 g, maximum diameter 23.6 mm, die axis 180o, 6th officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, 6th emission, 279 A.D.; obverse IMP C PROBVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse SECVRIT PERP (everlasting security), Securitas standing slightly left, head left, legs crossed, right hand on head, resting left arm on short column, SXXI in exergue; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00

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

|Gordian| |III|, |Gordian| |III,| |29| |July| |238| |-| |25| |February| |244| |A.D.|, |sestertius|
The propaganda on Roman coins was often far from reality. There was little security for Rome when this coin was struck. In 238, Goths from Ukraine crossed the Danube and devastated the Roman Empire up to the border with Anatolia. In 240, Africa revolted. Also in 240, Franks from northwest Germania raided the Rhine frontier. In 242, the cities of the Cimmerian Bosporus were evacuated because Goths controlled the territory.
RB92625. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 312, Cohen V 332, SRCV III 8739, Hunter III 154, VF, well centered and struck, squared flan, a little rough from light corrosion, tiny edge cracks, weight 17.898 g, maximum diameter 31.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, c. 241 A.D.; obverse IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SECVRITAS AVG (security of the Emperor), Securitas seated left, scepter in right hand, propping head with left hand, altar at feet on left, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00

Claudius II Gothicus, September 268 - August or September 270 A.D.

|Claudius| |II|, |Claudius| |II| |Gothicus,| |September| |268| |-| |August| |or| |September| |270| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
In 268, Gallienus was murdered by his senior officers while besieging the would-be usurper Aureolus in Mediolanum (Milan). The Senate charged Marcus Aurelius Claudius with Gallienus' murder but it was never proven. The accused became the new emperor, Claudius II.
RB93330. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-1 100, SRCV III 11371, Cohen VI 268, Hunter IV 47 var. (caduceus), VF, encrustations, areas of corrosion, edge cracks, weight 2.905 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 268 - 270 A.D.; obverse IMP CLAVDIVS AVG, radiate bust right; reverse SECVRIT AVG (security of the Emperor), Securitas standing facing, head left, scepter in right, leaning with left elbow on column, XI right; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $27.00 SALE |PRICE| $24.00


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