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Joy (Euphrosyne or Laetitia)

Euphrosyne was one of the Charites, the "Three Graces," and also the Goddess of Joy, a daughter of Zeus and Eurynome, and the incarnation of grace and beauty. Laetitia was the Roman Goddess of Joy, Gaiety, and Celebration, and is especially linked with holidays and festivals.

Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.||sestertius|
Hilaritas, the personification of rejoicing, is usually depicted as a matron, standing with a cornucopia in her left hand and a long palm frond on the ground in her right. Green branches were a sign of gladness and for special occasions, both public and private, it was the custom in ancient times to ornament streets, temples, gates, houses, and even entire cities, with branches and leaves of trees. This tradition carries on today in the form of wreaths and Christmas trees.
RB92932. Orichalcum sestertius, BMCRE VI AP606, RIC III AP1242(a) (S), Cohen III 233, SRCV II -, Hunter II -, aVF, nice youthful portrait, dark patina, some legend weak, corrosion, pitting, weight 24.572 g, maximum diameter 33.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar, 145 A.D.; obverse AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS II, bare head right; reverse HILARITAS, Hilaritas standing left, palm frond in extended right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) divided across field; scarce; $115.00 (€105.80)
 


Lucilla, Augusta c. 164 - 182 A.D., Wife of Lucius Verus

|Lucilla|, |Lucilla,| |Augusta| |c.| |164| |-| |182| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Lucius| |Verus||sestertius|
Hilaritas, the personification of rejoicing, is usually depicted as a matron, standing with a cornucopia in her left hand and a long palm frond on the ground in her right. Green branches were a sign of gladness and for special occasions, both public and private, it was the custom in ancient times to ornament streets, temples, gates, houses, and even entire cities, with branches and leaves of trees. This tradition carries on today in the form of wreaths and Christmas trees.
RB94225. Bronze sestertius, RIC III 1740, Cohen III 29, BMCRE IV 1203, Hunter II 51, SRCV II -, F, dark tone, partial green patina, porous, tight squared flan, weight 22.228 g, maximum diameter 29.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 166 - 169 A.D.; obverse LVCILLA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, hair waived and knotted in a coil low at back; reverse HILARITAS, Hilaritas standing left, long palm branch in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low across field; $110.00 (€101.20)
 


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.||antoninianus|
Hilaritas, the personification of rejoicing, is usually depicted as a matron, standing with a cornucopia in her left hand and a long palm frond on the ground in her right. Green branches were a sign of gladness and for special occasions, both public and private, it was the custom in ancient times to ornament streets, temples, gates, houses, and even entire cities, with branches and leaves of trees. This tradition carries on today in the form of wreaths and Christmas trees.
RA73255. Billon antoninianus, apparently unpublished, cf. RIC V-2 243 (R) (IMP C CARAVSIVS P AVG), Webb Carausius 295 (same), SRCV IV -, Hunter IV -, Linchmere -, et al. -, aVF, broad flan, green patina, some legend weak, reverse off center and double struck, weight 4.098 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, die axis 180o, Camulodunum (Colchester, England) mint, c. 288 - 291; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, middle reign portrait type; reverse HILARITAS AVG, Hilaritas standing left, long palm frond in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, C in exergue; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; very rare; $90.00 (€82.80)
 


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.||antoninianus|
Laetitia is the Roman goddess of gaiety and joy, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy. She is typically depicted on coinage with a wreath in her right hand, and a scepter, a rudder, or an anchor in her left hand.
RA73224. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 456; Webb Carausius 510; Hunter IV 118 var. (P AVG); Burton Latimer -; SRCV IV -, F, uneven strike, broad flan, porosity, some light cleaning scratches, tiny edge chips, weight 2.884 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 180o, unmarked mint, c. 291 - mid 292; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, middle reign portrait type; reverse LAETITI AVG, Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, grounded anchor in left hand, S - C flanking high across field; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection, ex Nilus Coins; $60.00 (€55.20)
 


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.||antoninianus|
Laetitia is the Roman goddess of gaiety and joy, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy. She is typically depicted on coinage with a wreath in her right hand, and a scepter, a rudder, or an anchor in her left hand.
RA73238. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 456, Webb Carausius 510, Hunter IV 118 var. (P AVG), Burton Latimer -, SRCV IV -, F, nice green patina, weak centers, scratches, small spots of corrosion, weight 3.185 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 180o, unmarked mint, c. 290/291 - mid 292; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, middle reign portrait type; reverse LAETITIA AVG (the joy of the Emperor), Laetitia standing facing, head left, wreath in right hand, anchor in right hand, S - C flanking high across field; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; $60.00 (€55.20)
 


Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

|Gallienus|, |Gallienus,| |August| |253| |-| |September| |268| |A.D.||antoninianus|
This very unusual reverse legend is found only on this type. Some authorities interpret Iubentus as an alternative spelling for Iuventus, which means youth. This would be a strange legend for Gallienus who was no longer youthful. Some otherwise very similar specimens clearly read LVBENTVS AVG. This might be translated as the joyfulness of the emperor, meaning the joyfulness he brought to the people.
RA94164. Billon antoninianus, Göbl MIR 1641a, RSC IV 415, RIC V-1 S615 (S), SRCV III 10249, Hunter IV - (p. lxx), gF, full border strike on a wide flan, some silvering, weak centers, light deposits, weight 3.03 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 266 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse IVBENTVS AVG (Joyfulness of the Emperor), Emperor standing half left, head left, Victory in right hand, spear upward in left hand, VIIC• (= COS VII) in exergue; scarce; $50.00 (€46.00)
 







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