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FELICITAS SAECVLI

Latin: Fortunate century (age of good fortune).


DICTIONARY OF ROMAN COINS



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FELICITAS SAECVLI - FELICITAS TEMPORVM - The felicity of their age, or of their times, was a characteristic which a great many emperor have caused to be inscribed upon some of their finest coins. Amongst various other instances are the legend AETERNA FELICITAS AVG on a coin of Maxentius, and that of ANN AVG SAECVLI FELICISSIMI on a coin of Caracalla. In a like manner we find FELICITAS AVGG NN (Augustorum Nostrorum) as in Maximian and Constans; FELICITAS IMPERII or FELICITAS IMPERATORVM as in Philip I; FELICITAS PVBLICA is to be found on coins of numerous other princes, from Vespasian and Titus down to Valerian I, etc; FELICITATI AVGVSTAE, as on the gold and large brass of Hadrian. All the different epigraphs are illustrated respectively on each reverse by various symbols, viz. by a galley, to denote the course of prosperous navigation or a good voyage; by four boys, signifying the happy abundance of the four seasons of the year (see VERUS ANNIUSANNIUS; by the olive branch and the caduceus, as symbolizing the messengers of peace and amity; lastly, by figures of victories as attesting the fact of a war brought to a successful conclusion.

FELICITAS SAECVLI - Full-faced bust of Julia Domna, between profile heads of Caracalla and Geta. Gold of Septimius Severus (See Eckhel, vii 179; engraved in Akerman, I pl vii No. 6). A middle brass of the same emperor, exhibiting the same legend, has for its type three togated figures seated, and a fourth standing on an estrade. Engraved in Havercamp, Cabinet de Christine

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