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Saloninus, Summer 260 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, the Caesar, Saloninus, the designated successor of the emperor, is identified as the hope for the future of the Roman people.
SH28080. Billon antoninianus, Göbl MIR 1707p (Samosata), RIC V-1 36 (Antioch), RSC IV 95a (Antioch), Hunter IV 12 (uncertain eastern), SRCV III 10775, Cunetio -, Choice gVF, full circle strike on both obverse and reverse, dark uneven toning, uncertain Syrian mint, weight 4.055g, maximum diameter 22.9mm, die axis 180o
, as caesar, Jan - summer 260 A.D.; obverse SALON VALERIANVS NOB CAES, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SPES PVBLICA (the hope of the public), Saloninus (on left) standing right, wearing military garb and holding spear, confronting Spes, Spes standing left, raising skirt with left hand and presenting flower to prince with right hand, pellet within wreath above; SOLD
Catalog current as of Thursday, August 22, 2019.
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