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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.
RA73475. Billon antoninianus
, Beaujard and Huvelin
36, Webb Carausius
739, RIC V-2
666 (R), Hunter IV
-, SRCV IV
-, F, well centered
on a tight flan
, over-cleaned, porous, ragged edge, closed flan crack
, Rotomagus (Rouen, France)
2.673g, maximum diameter
19.4mm, die axis
, 2nd emission, c. 1st half 293 A.D.; obverse IMP C
CARAVSIVS AVG, radiate
, draped and cuirassed bust
right, seen from the front, continental portrait type
; reverse SALVS AVG
(the health of the Emperor), Salus
standing slightly left, head
left, from patera
in right hand feeding snake rising from altar
in left hand, no mintmarks; from the Charles Peters Carausius
Collection; very rare
Catalog current as of Thursday, May 23, 2019.
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