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BONAE SPEI - A female figure standing, holds a flower in the right hand, and lifts her robe with the left. On a silver of Pescennius Niger, published in Vaillant (Praest. Num. ii 201); and in correction of his own error, allowed by Eckhel (vii150) to be (and not BONA SPES) the true reading of the legend of a genuine and most rare coin. But, he adds, BONA SPES and BONA SPEI are legends often occurring on coins struck under Septimius Severus at the same time, viz. AD 193-194. It is indeed quite certain that Septimius Severus and Pescennius Niger frequently used the same type in their respective mints; and not by chance, but by design; for they mutually adopted legends on their money, which are not to be found on the coins of other emperors. Each emulated the other: the spem of Pescennius Niger was met by the spei of Septimius Severus; Eventus competed with Eventui, in a manner difficult to account for. Cicero oposed bona spes to despondency in all human affairs; and at Rome there was an altar raised to Fortuna Bona Spes, as Plutarch records. Gruter has ublished a stone monument, dedicated BONAE SPEI AVG (vii 170). See Spes.

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