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Luck (Forutuna)

The Romans believed that Fortuna after deserting the Persians and Assyrians took flight over Macedonia and saw Alexander perish as she passed into Egypt and into Syria. At last arriving on Mount Palatine she threw aside her wings and casting away her wheel, entered Rome where she took up her abode forever. Fortuna distributed good and evil among mankind according to her caprice and without any regard to merit. Fortuna Redux, one of the many aspects of Fortuna, was in charge of bringing people home safely, primarily from wars - redux means "coming back" or "returning."

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

|Julia| |Domna|, |Julia| |Domna,| |Augusta| |194| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.||denarius|
Fortuna distributed good and evil among mankind according to her caprice and without any regard to merit.
RS112406. Silver denarius, RIC IV S553; RSC III 58; BMCRE V p. 160, 27; SRCV II 6584, Choice EF, well centered, reverse die wear, flan cracks/splits, weight 3.077 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, under Septimius Severus, c. 209 A.D.; obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, hair in horizontal ridges, chignon at back of head; reverse FORTVNAE FELICI, Fortuna seated left on high backed throne, cornucopia in right hand, resting left hand on rudder on globe behind; $150.00 SALE PRICE $135.00


Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D.

|Geta|, |Geta,| |209| |-| |c.| |26| |December| |211| |A.D.||denarius|
In 205, Hadrian's Wall was restored, after heavy raids by Caledonian tribes had overrun much of northern Britain.
RS112513. Silver denarius, RIC IV 8; RSC III 36; BMCRE V p. 197, 218; Hunter III 5; SRCV II -, VF, flow lines, scratches, obv. off center, small edge cracks/splits, weight 2.200 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar, 200 - 202 A.D.; obverse P SEPT GETA CAES PONT, older boy's bare-headed draped bust right; reverse FELICITAS AVGG (the good fortune of the two emperors), Felicitas standing slightly left, head left, caduceus in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; $120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00


Julia Mamaea, Augusta 13 March 222 - February or March 235 A.D.

|Julia| |Mamaea|, |Julia| |Mamaea,| |Augusta| |13| |March| |222| |-| |February| |or| |March| |235| |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.
RS112940. Silver denarius, RIC IV 335, RSC III 17, BMCRE VI 483, Hunter III 3, SRCV II 8209, Choice VF, full border centering, nice portrait, toned, weight 3.161 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 228 A.D.; obverse IVLIA MAMAEA AVG, draped bust right, wearing stephane, hair in horizontal ridges, with looped plait at the back of neck; reverse FELICITAS PVBLICA (to the good fortune / happiness of the public), Felicitas standing slightly left, head left, legs crossed, caduceus in right hand, left elbow on column; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00


Herennia Etruscilla, Augusta c. July 249 - April/August 253 A.D., Caesarea Maritima, Samaria, Syria Palestina

|Judaea| |&| |Palestine|, |Herennia| |Etruscilla,| |Augusta| |c.| |July| |249| |-| |April/August| |253| |A.D.,| |Caesarea| |Maritima,| |Samaria,| |Syria| |Palestina||AE| |24|
Caesarea, about 30 miles north of Joppa and about 70 miles northwest of Jerusalem, was founded by Herod the Great and named for Caesar Augustus. It was the seat of the Roman procurators and the Roman military headquarters in Judaea. The Pilate Stone, discovered here in 1961, is only archaeological find that names Pontius Pilate, by whose order Jesus was crucified. After the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., Caesarea was the provincial capital of the Judaea Province. Well into Byzantine times, Caesarea remained the capital. In the 630s, Arab Muslim armies took the region, but kept Caesarea as its administrative center until early 8th century. Caesarea's ruins are a national park on the Mediterranean coast of Israel, about halfway between Tel Aviv and Haifa.
RT110024. Bronze AE 24, BMC Palestine p. 35, 172; Kadman II 163; Rosenberger II 134; SNG ANS 833; Sofaer 141; Lindgren I 2427, Choice F, centered on a broad flan, green patina with highlighting earthen deposits, weight 10.291 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 225o, Caesarea Maritima (Keisaria, Israel) mint, c. Jul 249 - Apr/Aug 253 A.D.; obverse ERENNIA ETRVSCILLA AVG, diademed and draped bust of Herennia Etruscilla right; reverse COL P F AVG FC CAES METROP, turreted and draped bust of Tyche-Fortuna right; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00


Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

|Gallienus|, |Gallienus,| |August| |253| |-| |September| |268| |A.D.||antoninianus|NEW
Upon his father's capture by Parthia, Gallienus assumed the throne and began numerous reforms and military campaigns against usurpers and barbarians. He presided over a late flowering of Roman culture, patronizing poets, artists, and philosophers. He was assassinated while besieging Milan.
RA111835. Billon antoninianus, Gbl MIR 1391a; RSC IV 98; SRCV III 10185; RIC V-1 p. 172, S470 var. (EVENT); Hunter IV - (p. lxvii), VF, ovoid flan, a few spots of encrustation, small edge cracks, weight 2.646 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, 264 - 265 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right; reverse BON EVEN AVG, Bonus Eventus standing left, nude, sacrificing out of patera in right hand over lit altar on left, grain ears downward in left hand, MT in exergue; $60.00 SALE PRICE $54.00


Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D.

|Vespasian|, |Vespasian,| |1| |July| |69| |-| |24| |June| |79| |A.D.||aureus|
Nemesis, the winged balancer of life, is the goddess of revenge, the avenger of crimes and punisher of wicked doers. She distributes fortune, good or bad, in due proportion to each according to what is deserved.
SH30320. Gold aureus, RIC II-1 1130, Calico 655, BMCRE II 399, Hunter I -, Choice aEF, nice centering on a full flan, rev. slightly flat, weight 7.277 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon) mint, 71 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III, laureate head right; reverse PACI AVGVSTI, Nemesis advancing right, winged, drawing drapery from top of gown with right, caduceus in left, snake right at feet on right; scarce; SOLD


Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D.

|Caligula|, |Caligula,| |16| |March| |37| |-| |24| |January| |41| |A.D.||sestertius|
The first Rome mint portrait sestertius, and a highly sought after reverse type.
RB37601. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC I 33; BMCRE p. 152, 36; BnF II 47; Cohen I 4; SRCV I 1800, VF, red-brown patina, weight 25.168 g, maximum diameter 34.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 37 - 38 A.D.; obverse C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT, laureate head left; reverse AGRIPPINA DRVSILLA IVLIA S C, the three sisters of Caligula standing, in the guises of Securitas, Concordia and Fortuna; ex B.V., Mailbid Sale 5 (1973, lot 71 (sold for 2400 DM plus fees); rare; SOLD


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

|Trajan|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.||aureus|
Fortuna (equivalent to the Greek goddess Tyche) goddess of fortune, was the personification of luck. Fortuna Redux brought one safely home, in this case the emperor. The Romans believed that Fortuna, after deserting the Persians and Assyrians, took flight over Macedonia and saw Alexander perish as she passed into Syria and Egypt. At last arriving on Mount Palatine, she threw aside her wings and casting away her wheel (the wheel of fortune), entered Rome where she took up her abode forever.
SH91180. Gold aureus, SRCV II 3092 (same dies), Woytek 525f-1, RIC II 319, BMCRE III 569, Calico I 1026, BnF IV 805, Cohen II 153, Strack I 235, Hunter II 186, Choice gVF, some mint luster, well centered, handsome portrait, flow lines, some light marks, weight 7.203 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, late 114 - beginning 116 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse P M TR P COS VI P P S P Q R, Fortuna seated left on chair without back, holding rudder by tiller in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, FORT RED in exergue; ex Malter auction XLVII (4 Feb 1992), lot 359; SOLD


Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D.

|Caligula|, |Caligula,| |16| |March| |37| |-| |24| |January| |41| |A.D.||sestertius|
The first Rome mint portrait sestertius type, and a highly sought after reverse type.
SH32176. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC I 33; BMCRE p. 152, 36; BnF II 47; Cohen I 4; SRCV I 1800, aVF, full circles strike, light corrosion, weight 24.043 g, maximum diameter 36.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 37 - 38 A.D.; obverse C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT, laureate head left; reverse AGRIPPINA DRVSILLA IVLIA, the three sisters of Caligula standing, in the guises of Securitas, Concordia, and Fortuna, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; ex CNG e-sale 11/07, lot 220; rare; SOLD


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

|Trajan|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.||aureus|
In 116, Trajan completed his invasion of Parthia by capturing the cities of Seleucia, Babylon, Ctesiphon and Susa, marking the high-water mark of the Roman Empire's eastern expansion. Trajan made Syria a Roman province and crossed the Tigris to annex Adiabene. He proceeded with his army to the Persian Gulf and conquered territory that became the province of Parthia. This coin was dedicated to Fortune to obtain her support for Trajan's safe return to Rome.
SH65969. Gold aureus, Calico 1026a, Cohen II 153, RIC II 318, BMCRE III 569 ff. var. (draped and cuirassed), VF, weight 6.993 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 116 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC, laureate and draped bust right, seen from behind; reverse FORT RED (in exergue), P M TR P COS VI P P S P Q R, Fortuna seated left on chair without back, holding tiller and rudder in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; SOLD







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