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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Crisis and Decline| > |Hostilian| > RS29540
Hostilian, Summer - November 251 A.D.
Mars was the god of war and also an agricultural guardian. He was the father of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. In early Rome, he was second in importance only to Jupiter, and the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army. Most of his festivals were held in March, the month named for him (Latin Martius), and in October, which began and ended the season for military campaigning and farming.
RS29540. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 176b, RSC IV 12, nice VF, frosty, Rome mint, weight 4.184g, maximum diameter 21.8mm, die axis 45o, as caesar, 250 - early 251 A.D.; obverse C VALENS HOSTIL MES QVINTVS N C, radiate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse MARS PROPVG (Mars the defender), Mars advancing right, wearing helmet and military garb, cloak flying behind, transverse spear in right hand, shield in left hand; rare; SOLD










OBVERSE| LEGENDS|

COVALOSTILMESCOVINTVSAVG
COVALOSTILMESCOVINTVSCAESAR
COVLOSTILMESCOVINTVSCAESAR
CVALENSHOSTILMESQVINTVSNC
CVALENSHOSMESQVINTVSNC
CVALHOSMESQVINTVSNC
CVALHOSTMESQVINTVSNC
CVALHOSTILMESQVINTVSNC
CVALENSHOSTILMESCOVINTVSAVG
CVALENSHOSTILMESQVINTVSAVG
IMPCAECVALHOSMESQVINTVSAVG
IMPCMESQVINTVSAVG


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Roman Coins of Hostilian