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Latin: Virtus Augustorum - Courage of the two emperors.


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VIRTVS AVGG (Augustorum). Various types [see VIRTVS AVG] on coins of Septimius Severus, Caracalla, Gordian I, Gordian II, Philip II, Trebonianus Gallus, Volusian, Valerian I, Gallienus, Saloninus, Tetricus I, Carus, Numerian, Carinus, Diocletian, Maximianus, Carausius, Constantius I, and Galerius.

- Caracalla in military dress standing facing, holding spear and parazonium; to left a river reclining, leaning on an urn; to right two figures reclining. Obverse: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate head of Caracalla to right; silver. A similar type occurs upon other silver coins with the legend PONTIF TR P X COS II. Eckhel (Cat. Mus. Vindob., 2nd part, p 302), explains the three figures as Arabia, Parthia, and Adiabene.

- Valour standing facing, holding two standards. Obverse IMP C P LIC VELERIANVS AVG, radiated bust of Valerian I to right; billon.

- Romulus walking, carrying spear and trophy. On billon coins of Valerian I and Gallienus.

- Valerian and Gallienus standing facing each other, one holding spear and globe, the other a Victory and spear. On billon coins of Valerian I and Gallienus.

- Carus and Cainus in military dress, standing, holding a globe on which sometime a Victory, one holding a sceptre and the other a spear. On small brass coins of Carus. Varieties of this type occur on small brass coins of Numerian and Carinus.

- Various types with Hercules either strangling the Numaean lion or standing near the tree of the Hesperides, or seizing a stag by its antlers, etc. On small brass coins of Diocletian, Maximianus and Constantius I. A gold coin of Constantius I also represents Hercules seizing a stag by its antlers.

- Trophy between two captives seated. On small brass coins of Constantius I.

- Lion holding a sceptre in its paws; in the exergue CCIG. Obverse: FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB C, radiate bust of Constantius I; bronze (AE 3).

- Campgate, open or shut. On small brass coins of Licinius I, Constantine the Great, Crispus, and Constantine II.

- Victory standing to right, holding palm and cornucopiae, facing Constans, bare headed, seated in front of a trophy. Obverse CONSTANS P F AVG, diademed head of Constans to right;  bronze medallion.

- Decentius galloping to right against a captive kneeling. Obverse: MAG DECENTIVS NOB CAES, bust of Decentius to right, bare, holding spear and globe, on which a Victory; bronze medallion.

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