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Providence (Providentia)

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 (to the foresight of the gods), Providentia standing left, baton over globe in right hand, cornucopia in left; rare; SOLD


Clodius Albinus, Late 195 or Early 196 - 19 February 197 A.D.

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Providence is most often depicted clothed in a matronís 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 III 55, SRCV II -, gVF, weight 2.868 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar, early Jun to end 193 A.D.; obverse D CL SEPT ALBIN CAES, bare head right; reverse PROVID AVG COS (the foresight of the Emperor and Consul), Providentia standing half left, wand over globe in right hand, long scepter vertical in left; rare; SOLD


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

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Although references lists numerous varieties of Providentia reverses, this particular reverse, with rudder, PROVID AVG, and no mint marks is not listed in the references examined and we were unable to find another example online.

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.
RA07649. Billon antoninianus, RIC V -, Webb Carausius -, SRCV IV -, Hunter IV -, Cohen VII -, gVF, fine light green patina, and exotic "British" style, extremely rare, possibly unpublished or unique, weight 3.85 g, maximum diameter 24.8 mm, die axis 180o, Londinium (London, England) mint, c. mid 286 - early/mid 287; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse PROVID AVG (the foresight of the Emperor), Providentia standing left, rudder in right hand, globe left of rudder, cornucopia in right hand; from the Scott Collection; SOLD


Macrinus, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D.

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Providentia (foresight) was an important moral and philosophical abstraction in Roman discourse. Cicero says it is one of the three main components of prudentia, "the knowledge of things that are good or bad or neither," along with memoria (memory) and intellegentia (understanding). The reverse legend dedicates this coin to the providence of the gods.
SH77608. Silver denarius, RIC IV 80; RSC III 108; BMCRE V p. 506, 73; Hunter III 30; SRCV II 7361, Choice aEF, mint luster, excellent portrait, full circles centering, weight 3.173 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 3rd issue, Mar - Jun 218 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse PROVIDENTIA DEORVM (to the foresight of the gods), Providentia standing slightly left, head left, baton in right hand, held over globe at feet on left, cornucopia in left hand; SOLD


Balbinus, 22 April - 29 July 238 A.D.

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Providentia is the personification of the ability to foresee and make provision. She was among the embodiments of virtues that were part of the Imperial cult of ancient Rome. Providentia apparently did not favor Balbinus. If he had a little foresight, he would have modified the chain of events that led to his murder after a reign of only 99 days.
RB85012. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 19, BMCRE VI 34, Cohen V 24 (12 fr.), SRCV III 8499, aVF, mottled green patina, nice portrait, obverse a little rough, weight 17.651 g, maximum diameter 28.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 22 Apr - 29 Jul 238 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse PROVIDENTIA DEORVM (to the foresight of the gods), Providentia standing half left, head left, wand downward over globe at feet in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low across field; scarce; SOLD


Clodius Albinus, Late 195 or Early 196 - 19 February 197 A.D.

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After the praetorians "sold" the throne to Didius Julianus, Pescennius Niger was made emperor by Syrian legions; Septimius Severus by troops in Illyricum and Pannonia; and Albinus by armies in Britain and Gaul. Albinus allied with Septimius Severus and became caesar. After Niger was killed, Septimius no longer needed Albinus and attempted to have him assassinated. Albinus proclaimed himself emperor, crossed into Gaul with his army, defeated Severus' legate, and made Lugdunum his headquarters. On 19 Feb 197, at the hard-fought Battle of Lugdunum, with 150,000 troops on each side, Albinus was defeated and killed himself, or was executed. Severus rode his horse over Albinus' headless body before having it thrown into the RhŰne with his murdered family. His head was sent to Rome as a warning.
SH14069. Silver denarius, RIC IV 1c, RSC III 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 ALBIN CAES, bare head right; reverse PROVID AVG COS (the foresight of the Emperor and Consul), Providentia standing half left, wand over globe in right hand, long scepter vertical in left; sharp portrait; SOLD


Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.

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Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain. When Severus Alexander was away on his Persian and German campaigns (231-235) he continuously struck Annona types. With the legend PROVIDENTIA AVG, "The Foresight of the Emperor," he assured that, though he was away, he would be carefully monitoring Rome's grain supply!
RS79823. Silver denarius, RIC IV 250b; RSC III 501b; BMCRE VI p. 201, 875; Hunter III 74; SRCV II 7922, Choice EF, excellent portrait, superb reverse detail, small edge cracks, weight 2.841 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 160o, Rome mint, 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse PROVIDENTIA AVG (the foresight of the Emperor), Providentia (or Annona) standing left, grain downward in right hand over modius overflowing with grain at feet on left, cornucopia in left hand; SOLD


Diocletian, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D.

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This is perhaps one of the most unusual issues in the entire follis series. It is nearly always attributed to Treveri (Trier), but a comparison of style and examination of hoards reveals that this issue was not struck in Trier but in Cyzicus. 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 VI Cyzicus 22-23) shows that the same two officinae (4th and 6th) struck this issue with and without the PTR. 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 realized the mistake and new dies were prepared with the mint mark replacing PTR 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 Maximian the happy senior emperor. The reverse translates, By the providence of the gods, the restful retirement of the Emperors.
SH51541. Billon follis, RIC VI Treveri 677a; cf. RIC VI Cyzicus 22 - 23; SRCV IV -, EF, weight 10.854 g, maximum diameter 27.9 mm, die axis 180o, 6th officina, 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 right hand, mappa in left hand; 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 in outer fields, KS bottom center, PTR in exergue; rare; SOLD


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

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The longest obverse legend on any Roman Imperial coin. All 52 small letters are fairly clear on this example
RB86119. Orichalcum Woytek 591v1, RIC II 663, BMCRE III 1041, Hunter 384, Cohen II 320, Strack I 471, SRCV II 3189, VF, well centered on a tight flan, nice portrait, bumps, marks, cleaning scratches, some corrosion, weight 25.002 g, maximum diameter 33.7 mm, Rome mint, 112 - 115 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse PROVIDENTIA AVGVSTI S P Q R, Providentia standing left, pointing with right hand at large globe at feet, scepter in left hand, left elbow resting on draped column, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking at sides; SOLD


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D.

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SH34810. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC IV 514, BMCRE V 254, Cohen IV 534, aVF, scarce denomination for the reign and period, 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 (to the foresight of the gods), Providentia standing left, baton held over globe in right hand, long scepter in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; SOLD




    




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