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Gallic Empire, Tetricus I, Mid 271 - Spring 274 A.D.
Tetricus I succeeded to the throne of the Gallic empire after the death of Victorinus. After three years of rule, the power of the separatist state had declined and in 273 A.D. Aurelian invaded. Tetricus I immediately abdicated rather than fight the vastly superior forces of Aurelian. Tetricus and his son were both honored by Aurelian and they lived quite comfortably in Rome.
Spes was the Roman personification of Hope. In art Spes is normally depicted carrying flowers or a cornucopia, but on coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right hand, and raising a fold of her dress with her left hand. She was also named "ultima dea" - for Hope is the last resort of men. RA20942. Billonantoninianus, RIC V-2 270, Schulzki AGK 9a, Cunetio 2647, Elmer 791, Cohen VI 88, Hunter IV 11, SRCV III 11292, aVF, interesting multi-color patina, edge cracks, weight 3.243 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, Mainz or Treveri (Trier) mint, as caesar, 273 - spring 274 A.D.; obverse C PIV ESV TETRICVS CAES, radiate and draped bust right, from behind; reverseSPES AVGG (hope of the two emperors), Spes advancing left, extending flower in right hand, raising skirt drapery with left hand; $85.00 (€72.25)
Laetitia is the Roman goddess of gaiety and joy, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy. She is typically depicted on coinage with a wreath in her right hand, and a scepter, a rudder, or an anchor in her left hand. RL20960. Bronze barbarous radiate, cf. official prototype: RIC V-2 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 cuirassedbust right; reverse ..HI..., Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, grounded anchor in left hand; $50.00 (€42.50)
Pax, regarded by the ancients as a goddess, was worshiped not only at Rome but also at Athens. Her altar could not be stained with blood. Claudius began the construction of a magnificent temple to her honor, which Vespasian finished, in the Via Sacra. The attributes of Peace are the hasta pura, the olive branch, the cornucopia, and often the caduceus. Sometimes she is represented setting fire to a pile of arms. RA20950. Billonantoninianus, RIC V-2 100, Hunter IV 6, Cohen VI 95, SRCV III 11243, VF, excellent portrait, toned coppery surfaces, ragged flan, edge cracks, some porosity, weight 2.071 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 0o, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 272 - 274 A.D.; obverseIMP C TETRICVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassedbust right; reversePAX AVG (the peace of the Emperor), Pax standing left, olive branch in right hand, long scepter vertical in left; ex Rusty Romans; $45.00 (€38.25)
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