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Liberty (Liberitas)

Nerva, 18 September 96 - 25 January 98 A.D.

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"Nerva maintained that he had liberated Rome from the tyranny of Domitian and restored a constitutionally-based regime." -- David Van Meter
RS89451. Silver denarius, RIC II 19, RSC II 113, BMCRE III 46, BnF III 32, Hunter I 22, SRCV II -, VF, toned, flow lines, die wear, center a little flatly struck, small edge cracks, weight 3.091 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Jan - Sep 97 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse LIBERTAS PVBLICA, Libertas standing half left, pileus in right hand, rod pointing up slightly right in left hand; $180.00 (Ä153.00)

Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.

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Libertas (Latin for Liberty) was the Roman goddess and embodiment of liberty. The pileus liberatis was a soft felt cap worn by liberated slaves of Troy and Asia Minor. In late Republican Rome, the pileus was symbolically given to slaves upon manumission, granting them not only their personal liberty, but also freedom as citizens with the right to vote (if male). Following the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., Brutus and his co-conspirators used the pileus to signify the end of Caesar's dictatorship and a return to a Republican system of government. The pileus was adopted as a popular symbol of freedom during the French Revolution and was also depicted on some early U.S. coins.
RB87466. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC III MA1591; Szaivert MIR 427-18/50; Cohen III 333; Hunter II 37; BMCRE IV MA1690; SRCV II -, VF, dark patina, rough, weight 14.385 g, maximum diameter 25.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, Dec 177 - Dec 178 A.D.; obverse L AVREL COMMODVS AVG TR P III, radiate head right; reverse LIBERTAS AVG IMP II COS P P, Libertas standing slightly left, head left, pileus in right hand, rod in right hand, S C (senatus consulto) flanking across field below center; $100.00 (Ä85.00)

Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D.

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A rare and very unusual coin with the image of Liberty but the legend for Liberalitas. Apparently the mint officials in Antioch didn't know the difference between these two Roman personifications.
RS87920. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 187a (R), RSC IV 126, SRCV III 8618, Hunter III -, F, well centered and struck on a broad flan, grainy/porous surfaces, scrape in reverse center, some dark spots, weight 4.713 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 238 - 239 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse LIBERALITAS AVG (the generosity of the Emperor), Libertas standing slightly left, head left, pileus (freedom cap) in right hand, long transverse rod in left hand; ex Beast Coins; rare; $75.00 (Ä63.75)


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