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Fidelity (Fides)

Roman coins were often dedicated to Fides for her good quality of preserving the public peace by keeping the army true to its allegiance.


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

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In 288 or 289, Maximian prepared an invasion of Britain to oust Carausius, but it failed. A panegyric delivered to Constantius Chlorus attributes this failure to bad weather, but notes that Carausius claimed a military victory. Eutropius says that hostilities were in vain thanks to Carausius' military skill, and peace was agreed. Carausius began to entertain visions of official recognition. He minted his coins acknowledging and honoring Maximian and Diocletian.
RA73266. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 33 (R2), Webb Carausius 37, Hunter IV - (p. cci), SRCV IV-, Carausian Hoard -, Burton Latimer -, Linchmere -, Bicester -, VF/F, nice green patina, nice portrait, earthen deposits, struck with a worn reverse die, reverse slightly off center, weight 3.232 g, maximum diameter 23.2 mm, die axis 0o, Camulodunum (Colchester, England) mint, c. 289 A.D.; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, middle reign portrait type; reverse FIDES MILITM (the loyalty of the soldiers), Fides standing holding two ensigns, F-O in fields, ML in exergue; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; rare; $170.00 (144.50)


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

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This coin was struck in the name of Postumus by Aureolus (one of the so-called Thirty Tyrants) while Gallienus held him under siege in Milan. Ancient sources which refer to Aureolus are limited and contradictory. He may have made his own bid for the Purple after Gallienus was murdered and Postumus failed to take advantage of the turmoil in Italy. The new emperor Claudius soon brought his rebellion to an end. This coin is dedicated to the goddess Fides for her good quality keeping the army true to its allegiance.
RA84412. Billon antoninianus, Schulzki AGK 18c, Cunetio 2479, Mairat 209, Elmer 612, Hunter IV 143, SRCV III 10938, RIC V-2 376 var., RSC IV 60 var., VF, attractive portrait, nice surfaces, tight flan cutting off parts of legends, weight 4.354 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Mediolanum (Milan) mint, 268 A.D.; obverse IMP C POSTVMVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FIDES EQVIT (to the loyalty of the cavalry), Fides seated left, patera in right hand, signum vertical behind in left hand, P in exergue; $140.00 (119.00)


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

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This coin is dedicated to the goddess Fides for her good quality of preserving the public peace by keeping the army true to its allegiance.
RA73258. Billon antoninianus, Hunter IV 63 (same rev. die), RIC V-2 783 (S) var. (AVG), Webb Carausius 877 var. (AVG), Cohen VII 75 var. (AVG), King Unmarked 26 var. (P AVG), VF, broad flan, weight 4.362 g, maximum diameter 22.7 mm, die axis 180o, unmarked (Londinum?) mint, c. mid 286 - 287 A.D.; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P F AV, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FIDES MILITVM (the loyalty of the soldiers), Fides standing half left, standard in each hand, no mintmark; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; scarce; $130.00 (110.50)


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

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This coin is dedicated to the goddess Fides for her good quality of preserving the public peace by keeping the army true to its allegiance.
RA73287. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 783 (scarce), Web Carausius 877, Hunter IV 63 var. (P F AV), King Unmarked 26 var. (P AVG), SRCV IV -, F, nice jade patina, off center on a tight ragged flan, weight 3.237 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 180o, unmarked (Londinum?) mint, c. mid 286 - 287 A.D.; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, early reign moustache portrait type; reverse FIDES MILITVM (the loyalty of the soldiers), Fides standing half left, standard in each hand, no mintmark; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; scarce; $90.00 (76.50)


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

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This coin is dedicated to the goddess Fides for her good quality of preserving the public peace by keeping the army true to its allegiance.
RA73488. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 783 (S), Webb Carausius 877, Cohen VII 75, King Unmarked 26 var. (...P AVG), Hunter IV 63 var. (...PF AV), SRCV IV -, aVF, well centered, green patina, earthen encrustation, a few scratches, weight 4.014 g, maximum diameter 25.0 mm, die axis 180o, unmarked mint, c. mid 286 - 287 A.D.; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P F AV, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, early reign moustache portrait type; reverse FIDES MILITVM (the loyalty of the soldiers), Fides standing half left, standard in each hand, no mintmark; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; scarce; $80.00 (68.00)







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