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Joy (Euphrosyne or Laetitia)

Euphrosyne was one of the Charites, the "Three Graces," and also the Goddess of Joy, a daughter of Zeus and Eurynome, and the incarnation of grace and beauty. Laetitia was the Roman Goddess of Joy, Gaiety, and Celebration, and is especially linked with holidays and festivals.


Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.

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Laetitia was a minor Roman goddess of gaiety, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy.
RA73238. Billon antoninianus, RIC V, part 2, 456; Webb Carausius 510; Hunter IV 118 var. (P AVG); Burton Latimer -; SRCV IV -, F, nice green patina, weak centers, scratches, small spots of corrosion, weight 3.185 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 180o, Camulodunum (Colchester, England) mint, 291 - 292 A.D.; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse LAETITIA AVG (the joy of the Emperor), Laetitia standing facing, head left, wreath in right hand, anchor in right hand, S - C flanking high across field; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; $175.00 (155.75)


Florianus, June or July - August or September 276 A.D.

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Laetitia was a minor Roman goddess of gaiety, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy.
RA83679. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 4220, RIC V 34, BnF XII 1895, Venra 2475 - 2487, Gloucester 799, Hamburger Kunsthalle 1581, Maravielle 828, Navis-Mhlen 168, VF, centered, nice portrait, traces of silvering, scratches, weight 3.83 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Rome mint, issue 1, Jul - Aug 276 A.D.; obverse IMP C FLORIANVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse LAETITIA FVND, Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, anchor in left hand, XXIB in exergue; $160.00 (142.40)


Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.

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Laetitia was a minor Roman goddess of gaiety, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy.
RA73224. Billon antoninianus, RIC V, part 2, 456; Webb Carausius 510; Hunter IV 118 var. (P AVG); Burton Latimer -; SRCV IV -, F, uneven strike, corrosion, light cleaning scratches, weight 2.884 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 180o, Camulodunum (Colchester, England) mint, 291 - 292 A.D.; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse LAETITI AVG, Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, anchor in right hand, S - C flanking high across field; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection, ex Nilus Coins; $155.00 (137.95)


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

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Laetitia was a minor Roman goddess of gaiety, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy.
RS74465. Silver antoninianus, SRCV III 8617, RIC IV 86, RSC IV 121, Choice aEF, full circles strike on a broad flan, surfaces a little frosty, weight 5.310 g, maximum diameter 23.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 1 Jan 241 - Jul 43 A.D.; obverse IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse LAETITIA AVG N (the joy of our Emperor), Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, grounded anchor in left hand; $135.00 (120.15)


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

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Although he looks quite young in the portrait, Tacitus was about 75 years old when he was made emperor and died after ruling only about seven months and personally leading his army in a successful campaign against a Gothic invasion.
RA90828. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 3485, BnF XII 1559, Venra 59 - 81, RIC V 89, SRCV III 11782, gVF, well centered, traces of silvering, slightly coarse green patina, tiny edge chip, weight 3.689 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Rome mint, emission 2, Nov - Dec 275 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse LAETITIA FVND (well-founded rejoicing), Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, grounded anchor in left, XXIB in exergue; from the J. Berlin Caesarea Collection; $90.00 (80.10)


Gallic Empire, Postumus, Summer 260 - Spring 269 A.D.

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"This refers to the importance of naval power in the Gallic Empire and perhaps even to an imperial visit to Britain in the early years of Postumus' reign" -- Roman Coins and Their Values III by David Sear.
RS64651. Silver antoninianus, RIC V 73, RSC IV 167a, Mairat 18, Schulzki AGK 41, Elmer 186, SRCV III 10958, VF, well centered, struck with worn and slightly damaged obverse die, small edge cracks, weight 3.495 g, maximum diameter 22.2 mm, die axis 0o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint, c. 261 A.D.; obverse IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse LAETITIA AVG (the joy of the Emperor), war galley left over waves, four rowers and steersman; $70.00 (62.30)


Quintillus, August or September - October or November 270 A.D.

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Laetitia was a minor Roman goddess of gaiety, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy.
RA79889. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 1221 (2 spec.), Alfldi 1936, p.23, RIC V 64 var. (no S right), Venra 10333 var. (bust, phase 2), Hunter IV -, SRCV III -, F, well centered, light corrosion, flan crack, weight 2.153 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Siscia mint, issue 1, phase 1, c. Sept 270; obverse IMP C M AVR CL QVINTILLVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse LAETITIA AVG (the joy of the Emperor), Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S lower right; very rare; $65.00 (57.85)


Gallic Empire, Tetricus I, mid 271 - Spring 274 A.D., Barbaric Imitative

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Laetitia was a minor Roman goddess of gaiety, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy.
RL72590. Bronze barbarous radiate, cf. official prototype: RIC V 90, SRCV III 11240, VF, porosity, weight 2.446 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, die axis 180o, unofficial mint, 272 - 290 A.D.; obverse IIVI S C TIITRICVS I (or similar, blundered), radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse ..HI..., Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, grounded anchor in left hand; $40.00 (35.60)


Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

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An interesting revival of the left shoulder draped bust, widely used during the 2nd century, but later abandoned (with the notable exception of Severus Alexander).
RA64626. Billon antoninianus, Gbl MIR 1093m, RIC V S489 var. (officina letter), RSC IV 423a var. (same), SRCV III 10250 var. (same, Rome), gVF, well centered, some luster, high relief portrait and good metal for the period, weight 3.176 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 135o, 1st officina, Mediolanum mint, 263 - 264 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right; reverse LAETITIA AVG (the joy of the Emperor), Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, grounded anchor in left, no officina letter in field or exergue; $36.00 (32.04)







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