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Macrianus, Summer 260 - Early Summer 261 A.D.
Spes was the Roman personification of Hope. In art Spes is normally depicted carrying flowers or a cornucopia, but on coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right hand, while the left is raising a fold of her dress. She was also named "ultima dea" - for Hope is the last resort of men. On this coin Macrianus is identified as the hope of the Roman people.
SH27126. Silvered antoninianus, RSC IV 13, RIC V-2 13 (R2), SRCV III 10811, EF, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight 4.122g, maximum diameter 21.5mm, die axis 0o
, obverse IMP C FVL MACRIANVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse SPES PVBLICA (the hope of the public), Spes walking left, flower in right, with left raising fold of dress; rare
Catalog current as of Saturday, August 17, 2019.
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