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Providence (Providentia)


Lucius Verus, 7 March 161 - February 169 A.D.
Click for a larger photo In 162, Lucius Verus began war with the Parthians after Vologases IV invaded Syria and Armenia. The Romans would be victorious but the returning army would bring back a pandemic known as the Antonine Plague. The plague would significantly depopulate the entire Roman Empire.
SH53593. Silver denarius, RIC III 482, Cohen 155, Superb Uncirculated, weight 3.273 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 161 - 162 A.D.; obverse IMP L AVREL VERVS AVG, bare head right; reverse PROV DEOR TR P II COS II, Providentia standing left, globe in right hand, cornucopia in left; ex H. S. Perlin Co., 1988; fine style, bold strike, perfect centering, blazing luster; SOLD

Balbinus, 22 April - June 238 A.D.
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SH27023. Silver denarius, RIC IV 7, RSC III 23, aEF, weight 2.688 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 238 A.D.; obverse IMP C D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse PROVIDENTIA DEORVM, Providentia standing left, baton over globe in right hand, cornucopia in left; rare; SOLD

Pertinax, 31 December 192 - 28 March 193 A.D.
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SH01411. Silver denarius, RIC IV 11a, BMCRE V 13, RSC III 43, SRCV II 6046, F, weight 1.92 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 193 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES P HELV PERTIN AVG, laureate head right; reverse PROVID DEOR COS II, Providentia standing left raising her right hand toward a star, left hand on breast; legend not fully struck, some corrosion; very rare (R2); SOLD

Clodius Albinus, Fall 195 or Early 196 - 19 February 196 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Providence is most often depicted clothed in a matrons gown, holding a cornucopia in her left hand and in her right a short wand, which she points to a globe. She holds this globe in her right hand or it lies at her feet. The type is intended to mark the power and wisdom of the emperor, who ruled the Roman world.
SH34246. Silver denarius, RIC IV 1(c), BMCRE V 42, Cohen 55, SRCV II -, gVF, weight 2.868 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar, early June to end 193 A.D.; obverse D CL SEPT AL-BIN CAES, bare head right; reverse PROVID AVG COS, Providentia standing half left, wand over globe in right hand, long scepter vertical in left; rare; SOLD

Carausius, 286 or 287 - Summer 293 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Although RIC lists numerous varieties of Providentia reverses, this particular reverse, with rudder, PROVID AVG, and no mint marks is unlisted. RIC notes that London issued coins without mint marks in 287 A.D. As this was the beginning of "British Empire" coinage, coins were often irregular and overstruck on older coins.
SH07649. Bronze antoninianus, RIC V -, gVF, weight 3.85 g, maximum diameter 24.8 mm, die axis 180o, Londinium (London, England) mint, 287 A.D.; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse PROVID AVG, Providentia standing left holding rudder and cornucopia; ex Scott Collection, fine light green patina, and exotic "British" style, extremely rare, possibly unpublished or unique; SOLD

Clodius Albinus, Fall 195 or Early 196 - 19 February 196 A.D.
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SH14069. Silver denarius, RIC IV 1c, Cohen 55, gVF/VF, weight 4.006 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar, 193 A.D.; obverse D CL SEPT AL-BIN CAES, bare head right; reverse PROVID AVG COS, Providentia standing half left, wand over globe in right hand, long scepter vertical in left; sharp portrait; SOLD

Diocletian, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D.
Click for a larger photo This is perhaps one of the most unusual issues in the entire follis series. It is nearly always attributed to Trier (Treveri), but a comparison of portrait styles and an examination of follis hoards reveals that this issue was not struck in Trier but in Cyzicus. Two officinae struck this issue, and the KS in the field between the two figures is actually the mint mark, not the PTR. A look at the coins of Cyzicus (RIC 22-23) shows that the same two officinae struck this issue without the PTR also. The Senior Augustus issues of Diocletian and Maximianus were struck at every mint currently in operation. Apparently, the first coins of this type were prepared at Trier and examples were sent to the various mints for the individual mints to copy. At Cyzicus, the die engravers copied everything, including the Trier mint mark and put their own mint mark in the field. Eventually someone soon realized the mistake and new dies were prepared with the mint mark in its proper location.

Quies is the personification of rest and retirement. This coin honors the Senior Emperors Diocletian and Maximian after their abdication in 305 A.D. The obverse dedicates the coin, to our lord or Maximian the happy senior emperor. The reverse translates, By the providence of the gods, the restful retirement of the Emperors.
SH51541. Silvered follis, RIC VI Trier 677a, cf. RIC VI Cyzicus 22-3, EF, weight 10.854 g, maximum diameter 27.9 mm, die axis 180o, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 305 - 307 A.D.; obverse D N DIOCLETIANO FELICISSIMO SEN AVG, laureate bust right, wearing imperial mantle, olive branch in r., mappa in l.; reverse PROVIDENTIA DEORVM QVIES AVGG, Providentia on left standing right, extending right hand to Quies, who is standing left with branch in right and leaning on scepter in left, S F across fields, KS center, PTR ex; rare; SOLD

Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D.
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SH34810. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC IV 514, BMCRE V 254, Cohen 534, aVF, weight 9.258 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 213 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT, radiate head right; reverse PROVIDENTIA DEORVM S C, Providentia standing left, holding baton above globe and long scepter; scarce denomination for the reign and period; SOLD

Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain. This reverse suggests the arrival of grain by sea from the provinces (especially from Africa) and its distribution to the people. This type, issued prior to the emperor's expedition against the Sassanid Persians, combined with the legend extolling the emperor's foresite (Providentia Augusti) seems to be intended to reassure that the people's interests would not be forgotten during his absence from the capital.

RS12105. Silver denarius, SRCV II 7923, RIC IV 252, RSC III 508a, BMCRE VI 813, Choice MS, weight 3.206 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate bust right with drapery on left shoulder; reverse PROVIDENTIA AVG, Providentia (or Annona) standing left, stalks of grain in right hand over modius, anchor in left; sharp and lustrous, superb centering; SOLD

Maximian, 286 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Quies is the personification of rest and retirement. This coin honors the Senior Emperors Diocletian and Maximian after their abdication in 305 A.D. The obverse dedicates the coin, "to our lord or Maximian the happy senior emperor." The reverse translates, "By the providence of the gods, the restful retirement of the Emperors."
SH12509. Silvered follis, RIC VI 15b, Cohen 489, gem VF, weight 8.917 g, maximum diameter 27.8 mm, die axis 180o, Serdica (Sofia, Bulgaria) mint, 305 - 306 A.D.; obverse D N MAXIMIANO FELICISSIMO SEN AVG, laureate draped bust right, holding mappa; reverse PROVIDENTIA DEORVM QVIES AVGG, Providentia stands left, Quies stands right holding branch and scepter, S - F at sides, B in center, SMSD in ex; full circle centering, beautiful effect with silver fields and red copper raised features; scarce; SOLD



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