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Diadumenian, Mid May - 8 June 218 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, Diadumenian, the designated successor of the emperor, is identified as the hope for the future of the Roman people.
SH82699. Silver denarius
, RSC III
21b; RIC IV
117; SRCV II
7450; BMCRE V
, p. 510, 93 var. (from front) and 94 var. (no cuirass
); Hunter III
4 var. (no cuirass
), Choice EF
, excellent portrait, translucent look drapery, light rose tone on luster, excellent centering and strike, tiny edge cracks, but for slight obv.
double strike it would be FDC, Rome
3.000g, maximum diameter
20.4mm, die axis
, as caesar
, Jan - May 218 A.D.; obverse
ANT DIADVMENIAN CAES
, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust
right, from behind; reverse SPES PVBLICA
(the hope of the public), Spes
advancing left, flower in right hand, raising skirt with left hand; SOLD
Catalog current as of Wednesday, September 19, 2018.
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