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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.
RA73269. Billon antoninianus
, RIC V-2
994 (S) var. (...P F AVG), Web Carausius
1117 var. (same), Linchmere
812A var. (same), King Carausius
-, Burton Latimer
-, et al.
-, gF/aF, broad flan
weak, corrosion, unmarked mint, weight
3.501g, maximum diameter
22.3mm, die axis
, c. 288 - 291; obverse
IMP CARAVSIVS P AVG, radiate
, draped, and cuirassed bust
right, middle reign portrait type
; reverse SALVS AVG
(the health of the Emperor), Salus
seated left feeding serpent
and holding long staff, no field
marks or mintmarks; from the Charles Peters Carausius
Catalog current as of Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
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