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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.


Pertinax, 31 December 192 - 28 March 193 A.D.

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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.
SH33941. Silver denarius, RIC IV 4a, BMCRE V 8, RSC III 20, SRCV II 6041, Choice aVF, toned, weight 3.396 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 193 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES P HELV PERTIN AVG, laureate head right; reverse LAETITIA TEMPOR COS II, Laetitia standing half left, wreath in right hand, long scepter vertical in left; well centered; very rare (R2); SOLD


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

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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.
SH77375. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 300a, Cohen V 122, Banti 38, Hunter III 140, SRCV III 8712, Choice EF, superb portrait, excellent centering and strike, slight double strike in legends, small flan crack, very light scratches reverse upper right field, weight 24.355 g, maximum diameter 32.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, late 240 - early 243 A.D.; obverse IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse LAETITIA AVG N (the joy of our Emperor), Laetitia standing facing, head left, wreath in right hand, anchor in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low in field; ex Kirk Davis Classical Numismatics; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

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This type of reverse usually indicates the birth of a prince, and we would normally assume the boy and girl on the reverse represent children of the emperor. Hadrian and Sabina, however, had no children.
RB92353. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 970b, Hunter II 447, BMCRE III 1370, Cohen II 817 (Hilaritas half nude, probably in error), SRCV II 3602 var. (drapery), VF, dark green patina, full border centering on a broad flan, nice portrait, slight double strike on rev., minor edge flaw 3:00 on obverse, weight 28.452 g, maximum diameter 34.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 128 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P, laureate head right, long neck; reverse HILARITAS P R (Joy of the Roman People), Hilaritas standing half left, palm frond in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, at her feet on left a small nude boy standing right also holding the palm frond, at feet on right a dressed small girl standing left and reaching up to Hilaritas' drapery, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field, COS III in exergue; $460.00 (0) ON RESERVE


Tacitus, 25 September 275 - June 276 A.D.

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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.
RA73181. Silvered antoninianus, MER-RIC 3630, BnF XII 1736 - 1739, Venra 2337 - 2354, Mazzini 49, Cohen VI 49, RIC V-1 -, Choice gVF, weight 3.568 g, maximum diameter 22.2 mm, die axis 0o, 6th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, Nov - Dec 275 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CLA TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse LAETITIA AVG (the joy of the Emperor), Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, rudder in left hand, VI in exergue; SOLD


Gallic Empire, Postumus, Summer 260 - Spring 269 A.D.

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"This refers to the importance of naval power in the Gallic Empire and perhaps even to an imperial visit to Britain in the early years of Postumus' reign" -- Roman Coins and Their Values III by David Sear.
SH25933. Silver antoninianus, RIC V-2 73, RSC IV 167a, Mairat 18, Schulzki AGK 41, Elmer 186, SRCV III 10958, Choice aEF, nice portrait and reverse type, near full circle centering, small flan cracks, weight 3.212 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 180o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint, c. 261 A.D.; obverse IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse LAETITIA AVG (the joy of the Emperor), war galley left over waves, four rowers and steersman; SOLD


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

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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.
RS49936. Silver denarius, RIC IV S641, Choice gVF, weight 3.153 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 0o, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria) mint, c. 210 A.D.; obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse LAETITIA, Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, rudder in left; SOLD


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

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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.
RS49454. Silver denarius, RIC IV 113, RSC IV 120, EF, weight 3.595 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 1 Jan 241 - Jul 243 A.D.; obverse IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse LAETITIA AVG N (the joy of our Emperor), Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, anchor in left; full circles centering on both obverse and reverse; SOLD


Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D.

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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.
RS84945. Silver denarius, RIC IV 190, RSC III 54, BMCRE V 281, Hunter III 116, SRCV II 7517, EF, light bumps and marks, dark spots, weight 3.090 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, c. 218 - 219 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse HILARITAS AVG, Hilaritas standing front, looking left, patera in right, long grounded palm frond in left, flanked by two nude children standing at her feet reaching up to her, the child on the right touching the palm frond; ex Gorny & Mosch auction 2377 (Mar 2016), lot 1972; SOLD


Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D.

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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.
RS15336. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 94, RSC III 72, BMCRE V 145, Hunter III 32, gVF+, nice portrait, some luster, weight 4.416 g, maximum diameter 22.08 mm, die axis 315o, Rome mint, obverse IMP ANTONINVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse LAETITIA PVBL, Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, rudder on globe in left; SOLD


Florianus, June or July - August or September 276 A.D.

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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.
RA48903. Silvered antoninianus, MER-RIC 4219, RIC V-1 34, BnF XII 1893, Venra 2466 - 2474, Gloucester Hoard 798, Maravielle 824, aVF, weight 3.370 g, maximum diameter 27.1 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Rome mint, issue 1, Jul - Aug 276; obverse IMP C FLORIANVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse LAETITIA FVND, Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, anchor in left hand, XXIB in exergue; SOLD




  




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