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Gaiety (Laetitia)

Happiness, cheerfulness and gaity (or joy) are personified on Roman coins by Felicitas, Hilaritas and Laetitia. Coins with these subjects celebrated the brighter side of life, or in harder times explained that the Empire was moving toward a happier future.


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)


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.
RA73230. Billon antoninianus, Webb Carausius 509; RIC V, part 2, p. 502, 457; Hunter IV 118; SRCV IV 13605, F/VF, obverse off center, green patina with some flaking, scratches, weight 3.924 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, die axis 180o, Camulodunum (Colchester, England) mint, 291 - 292 A.D.; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS P AVG, radiate and draped bust right; reverse LAETITIA AVG (the joy of the Emperor), Laetitia standing half left, wreath in right hand, grounded anchor in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking high across field; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection, ex-Ancient Coin Collector's Guild Benefit Auction II (24 Sep 2009), lot 157; $120.00 (106.80)


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)







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