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Cheerfulness (Hilaritas)

Cheerfulness is personified on Roman coins by Hilaritas. Coins with this subject celebrated the brighter side of life, or in harder times explained that the Empire was moving toward a happier future.

Galba, 3 April 68 - 15 January 69 A.D.

|Galba|, |Galba,| |3| |April| |68| |-| |15| |January| |69| |A.D.|, |as|
In 68 A.D., Trajan (whose son would later be emperor) crossed the Jordan River with Legio X Fretensis. He laid siege to Jericho and destroyed the monastery of Qumran. Before the destruction, the Essenes hid the Dead Sea Scrolls in caves nearby. There they remained until they were found by the Bedouin shepherd Muhammed edh-Dhib, his cousin Jum'a Muhammed, and Khalil Musa, between November 1946 and February 1947.
RB74023. Bronze as, RIC I 291 (R), BnF III 134, Cohen I 17, BMCRE I -, Hunter I -, SRCV I -, VF, excellent portrait, well centered and struck, light scratches, some corrosion, weight 11.406 g, maximum diameter 27.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Jun - Aug 68 A.D.; obverse IMP SER GALBA AVG TR P, laureate head right; reverse CERES AVGVSTA, Ceres seated left on throne with high, arched back, a two stalks of grain in right hand, cradling long caduceus in left arm, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; ex Tom Cederlind; rare; SOLD


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

|Julia| |Domna|, |Julia| |Domna,| |Augusta| |194| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.|, |as|
Hilaritas, the personification of rejoicing, is usually depicted as a matron, standing with a cornucopia in her left hand and a long palm frond on the ground in her right. Green branches were a sign of gladness and for special occasions, both public and private, it was the custom in ancient times to ornament streets, temples, gates, houses, and even entire cities, with branches and leaves of trees. This tradition carries on today in the form of wreaths and Christmas trees.
SH12305. Copper as, SRCV II 6641, RIC IV S877, VF, weight 11.063 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 198 A.D.; obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, hair in waved horizontal ridges, looped plait on neck; reverse HILARITAS, Hilaritas standing left, grounded palm frond before her in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low across field; SOLD


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

|Julia| |Domna|, |Julia| |Domna,| |Augusta| |194| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.|, |as|
Hilaritas, the personification of rejoicing, is usually depicted as a matron, standing with a cornucopia in her left hand and a long palm frond on the ground in her right. Green branches were a sign of gladness and for special occasions, both public and private, it was the custom in ancient times to ornament streets, temples, gates, houses, and even entire cities, with branches and leaves of trees. This tradition carries on today in the form of wreaths and Christmas trees.
SH12307. Copper as, SRCV II 6641, RIC IV S877, VF, weight 8.119 g, maximum diameter 26.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 198 A.D.; obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, hair in waved horizontal ridges, small flat coil at back of head, looped plait on neck; reverse HILARITAS S C, Hilaritas standing left holding palm frond and cornucopia; SOLD







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