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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.
RA73274. Billon antoninianus
, RIC V-2
162 (R), Web Carausius
181, Bourne Carausius
-, Burton Latimer
-, Carausian Hoard
-, aVF, dark patina
, nice portrait, weak legends, scratches, corrosion, Londinium (London
, England) mint, weight
3.683g, maximum diameter
24.9mm, die axis
, c. late 289 - 291; obverse
IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG
and cuirassed bust
right, middle reign portrait type
; reverse SALVS AVG
(the health of the Emperor), Salus
standing left, with right hand feeding snake rising from altar
at her feet, long scepter
vertical behind in left hand, B - E across fields, MLXXI in exergue
; from the Charles Peters Carausius
Catalog current as of Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
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