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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Secessionist Empires| > |Carausius| > RA00248
Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.
|Carausius|, |Romano-British| |Empire,| |Carausius,| |Mid| |286| |-| |Spring| |or| |Early| |Summer| |293| |A.D.|, Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks, who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. Her father Asclepius learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one snake bringing another snake healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing. This coin, dedicated to the health of the emperor, probably indicates the emperor was at the time suffering from some disease, and sacred rites had been performed for his recovery.
RA00248. Billon antoninianus, Webb Carausius 192, RIC V-2 164 (S), Hunter IV 52 var. (also draped), Cohen VII 325, SRCV IV 13716, Linchmere -, Carausian Hoard -, Burton Latimer -, F, Londinium (London, England) mint, weight 3.3g, maximum diameter 22.5mm, die axis 180o, c. 292 - early 293; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate and draped bust right, late reign tetrarchic portrait; reverse SALVS AVGGG (the health of the three emperors), Salus standing right feeding snake, held in her right hand, from a patera in her left hand, S-P flanking across field, MLXXI in exergue; from the Aiello Collection; scarce; SOLD











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