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Gaiety (Laetitia)

Happiness, cheerfulness and gaity (or joy) 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.

Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

|Probus|, |Probus,| |Summer| |276| |-| |September| |282| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Laetitia is the Roman goddess of gaiety and joy, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy. She is typically depicted on coinage with a wreath in her right hand, and a scepter, a rudder, or an anchor in her left hand.
RA112576. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 31, Cohen VI 329, Bastien IX 172, SRCV III 11990, EF, well centered, traces of silvering, excellent portrait, struck with a worn reverse die, edge crack, weight 4.188 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 276 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse LAETITIA AVGVSTI, Laetitia standing facing, head left, wreath in right hand, scepter in left hand, IIII in exergue; from the Collection of Dr. JŁregen Buschek, first specimen of this type handled by FORVM; $120.00 (Ä112.80)


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

|Julia| |Domna|, |Julia| |Domna,| |Augusta| |194| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.||denarius|NEW
Laetitia is the Roman goddess of gaiety and joy, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy. She is typically depicted on coinage with a wreath in her right hand, and a scepter, a rudder, or an anchor in her left hand. On the coins of empresses, Laetitia may signal a birth in the Imperial family.
RS113155. Silver denarius, RIC IV S561, RSC III 101, BMCRE V S45, Hunter III 65, aVF, weight 2.648 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 0o, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria) mint, c. 210 A.D.; obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bare-headed bust right, hair in horizontal ridges, flat coil at the back of head, annulet earring on cheek, annulet at top of drapery on neck; reverse LAETITIA, Laetitia standing facing, head left, wreath in right hand, rudder in left hand; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 130 (2 Jul 2023), lot 1309 (part of); $90.00 (Ä84.60)


Romano-Gallic Empire, Tetricus I, Mid 271 - Spring 274 A.D.

|Tetricus| |I|, |Romano-Gallic| |Empire,| |Tetricus| |I,| |Mid| |271| |-| |Spring| |274| |A.D.||antoninianus|
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.
RA91624. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 80, Cohen VI 57, Hunter III 16, SRCV III 11237, VF, well centered, attractive portrait, nice dark brown patina, light marks, minor encrustations, reverse die wear, small edge splits, weight 3.262 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 0o, Mainz or Treveri (Trier) mint, 273 - 274 A.D.; obverse IMP TETRICVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, drapery on left shoulder; reverse HILARITAS AVGG, Hilaritas standing left, long branch in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; SOLD







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