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Happiness (Felicitas)

Happiness, cheerfulness and joy (or gaiety) are personified on Roman coins by Felicitas, Hilaritas and Laetitia. Coins with these subjects celebrated the brighter side of life, or in harder times explained that the Empire was moving toward a happier future.

Macrinus, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D.

|Macrinus|, |Macrinus,| |11| |April| |217| |-| |8| |June| |218| |A.D.||sestertius|
Macrinus was Praetorian Prefect for Caracalla but arranged Caracalla's assassination and seized power. He and his son were accepted by the senate. The Syrian legions, inspired by Julia Maesa, Caracalla's aunt, revolted after he concluded an unfavorable peace with the Persians. He was defeated and executed.
SL92493. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 121 (S), BMCRE V 113, Cohen IV 79, SRCV II 7391, Hunter III -, NGC F, strike 4/5, surface 1/5, scratches (577028-007), weight 19.150 g, maximum diameter 30.7 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 11 Apr 217 - 31 Dec 217 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse PONTIF MAX TR P P P (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power, father of the country), Felicitas standing facing, head left, long caduceus in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, drapery over left arm, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field below center; from the Errett Bishop Collection; NGC| Lookup; $260.00 (213.20)


Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.

|Carausius|, |Romano-British| |Empire,| |Carausius,| |Mid| |286| |-| |Spring| |or| |Early| |Summer| |293| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Felicitas was the goddess or personification of happiness, good fortune, and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.
RA73473. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 1014 (S), Linchmere 1136 var. (P F AVG), Hunter IV 79 var. (P F AVG, TEMPO), Webb Carausius 1136 var. (same), King Unmarked -, Bicester -, F, green patina, broad flan, weight 4.016 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 270o, unmarked mint mint, c. mid 286 - 287; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P AVG, radiate and draped bust right, early reign 'moustache' portrait; reverse TEMP FELIC (happy time), Felicitas standing slightly left, head left, grounded long caduceus vertical in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, fields blank; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; scarce; $120.00 (98.40)


Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D.

|Domitian|, |Domitian,| |13| |September| |81| |-| |18| |September| |96| |A.D.||dupondius|NEW
Felicitas was the goddess or personification of happiness, good fortune, and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.
RB96879. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC II-1 V658, BnF III V693, Cohen I 98, BMCRE II -, Hunter I -, SRCV I -, aVF, uneven strike with parts of legends and Felicitas' head unstruck, slightly rough, weight 11.119 g, maximum diameter 26.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 73 - 74 A.D.; obverse CAESAR AVG F DOMITIAN COS II, laureate and draped bust right; reverse FELICITAS PVBLICA (to the good fortune / happiness of the public), Felicitas standing half-left, caduceus in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; $120.00 (98.40)


Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D.

|Julia| |Domna|, |Julia| |Domna,| |Augusta| |194| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.||denarius|NEW
Felicitas was the goddess or personification of happiness, good fortune, and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.
RS94716. Silver denarius, RIC IV S551; RSC III 47; BMCRE V p. 160, S22; SRCV II 6581; Hunter III 24, VF, well centered, flow lines, edge cracks, light bumps and marks, weight 2.056 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, c. 206 A.D.; obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bare-headed bust right, hair in horizontal ridges, flat coil at back of head; reverse FELICITAS, Felicitas standing left, caduceus in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $90.00 (73.80)


Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Wife of Marcus Aurelius

|Faustina| |Jr.|, |Faustina| |Junior,| |Augusta| |146| |-| |Winter| |175/176| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Marcus| |Aurelius||denarius|
Faustina II was the daughter, wife, and mother of emperors and empresses. When she gave birth to the first of many children she was given the title of Augusta, which for a time made her superior in rank to her husband. She was a devoted wife and mother and accompanied her husband on all his military campaigns.
RP98021. Silver denarius, BMCRE IV p. 405, MA157; RSC II 221; SRCV II 5263; Hunter IV 23; RIC III MA719 corr. (says two children at feet), F, toned, flow lines, scratches, light porosity, edge cracks, weight 2.931 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, struck under Marcus Aurelius, 161 - 175 A.D.; obverse FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse TEMPOR FELIC (happy times), Felicitas standing facing, head left, cradling an infant in each arm, flanked by four children standing at her feet, two on each side all raising an arm to her; $90.00 (73.80)


Constantius I, May 305 - 25 July 306 A.D.

|Constantius| |I|, |Constantius| |I,| |May| |305| |-| |25| |July| |306| |A.D.||antoninianus|NEW
Felicitas was the goddess or personification of happiness, good fortune, and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.
RL96876. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 Treveri p. 299, 655 (S), SRCV IV 14003, Cohen VII 278, Hunter IV - (p. cxciii), F, green patina, coppery high spots, porosity, reverse a little rough, weight 2.700 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, as caesar, 293 - 294 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTIVS NOB C, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse TEMPOR FEL, Felicitas standing left, holding long caduceus and cornucopia, C in left field, PTR in exergue; ex Trusted Coins; rare; $80.00 (65.60)


Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D., "Limes" Denarius

|Julia| |Domna|, |Julia| |Domna,| |Augusta| |194| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.,| |"Limes"| |Denarius||limes| |denarius|
The origin and purpose of the bronze "limes" denarii is uncertain. They may have been a token currency used only along the borders of the Empire. They may have been illegal counterfeits with a now long gone thin silver wash.

Fortuna distributed good and evil among mankind according to her caprice and without any regard to merit.
MA96711. Bronze limes denarius, RSC III 55, RIC IV S552, BMCRE V S24, SRCV II 6583 (silver, official, Rome mint, 210 A.D.), Choice VF, well centered, dark patina, mild porosity, weight 3.031 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain mint mint, c. 210 A.D.; obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse FORTVNAE FELICI, Fortuna standing slightly left, head left, out-turned cornucopia in right, left elbow rests on reversed rudder; $70.00 (57.40)







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