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Harmony (Homonoia or Concordia)

In Roman religion, Concordia was the goddess of harmony, concord, agreement, understanding, oneness of mind, and marital harmony. The greek name for her was Homonoia. The cult of Concordia Augusta ("Majestic Harmony") was of special importance to the imperial household. Concord between emperors and with the military was especially important and often the subject of coinage. Concordia is usually depicted wearing a long cloak and holding a patera (sacrificial bowl), a cornucopia (symbol of prosperity), or a caduceus (symbol of peace).

Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

|Gallienus|, |Gallienus,| |August| |253| |-| |September| |268| |A.D.||sestertius|
In 263 A.D., King Odenathus of Palmyra declared himself ruler of the area west of the River Euphrates and was given the title Dux Orientalis by Emperor Gallienus.
RB86184. Orichalcum sestertius, Göbl MIR 92h, RIC V J209, Cohen V 132, Hunter IV J24 corr. (described with aegis), SRCV III 10467, aVF, tight flan, dark green patina with light earthen deposits, some corrosion, a few blue-green spots, tiny edge cracks, weight 16.198 g, maximum diameter 28.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 253 - 255 A.D.; obverse IMP C P LIC GALLIENVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder; reverse CONCORDIA EXERCIT (harmony with the army), Concord standing left holding patera and double cornucopia, S C (senatus consulto) at sides low across field; the lighter blue-green spots are hard, not powdery, and do NOT appear to be active corrosion; $150.00 (€138.00)
 


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|
Marcus Aurelius Mausaeus Carausius was originally a fleet commander sent by the first Tetrarchs to rid the Northern seas of Saxon and Frankish pirates. He soon turned to piracy himself, before fleeing to Britain and declaring himself emperor. His natural cunning enabled him to resist all attempts to dislodge him. In 293 Constantius I captured his continental stronghold of Boulogne. Soon after Carausius was murdered by his chief minister Allectus.
RA73481. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 762 (R), Webb Carausius -, King Unmarked -, Hunter IV -, Cohen VII -, SRCV IV -, Bourne Carausius -, Linchmere -, Bicester -, gF/aF, green patina, tight flan, weight 4.137 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 225o, unmarked (London?) mint, c. mid 286 - 287 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CARAVSIVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, early reign 'moustache' portrait; reverse CONCORDIA MILITVM (harmony with the soldiers), Emperor standing right clasping hands with Concordia, no mintmarks; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; very rare; $135.00 (€124.20)
 


Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Severus| |Alexander,| |13| |March| |222| |-| |March| |235| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||tetradrachm|
Homonoia was the goddess (or spirit or personification) of harmony, concord, unanimity, and oneness of mind. She is usually depicted either seated or standing with a cornucopia.
RP96898. Billon tetradrachm, RPC Online T10300 (9 spec.); Dattari 4307; Milne 2957; BMC Alexandria p. 209, 1623; Kampmann 62.59; Emmett 3110/5 (R1); Geissen -; SNG Cop -, Choice aVF, toned, well centered, scattered porosity/tiny pits, weight 13.046 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 225 - 28 Aug 226 A.D.; obverse A KAI MAP AYP CEY AΛEΞAN∆POC EV, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse Homonoia standing facing, head left, raising right hand, double cornucopia in left hand, L E (year 5) left; $130.00 (€119.60)
 


Otacilia Severa, Augusta, February or March 244 - September or October 249 A.D.

|Otacilia| |Severa|, |Otacilia| |Severa,| |Augusta,| |February| |or| |March| |244| |-| |September| |or| |October| |249| |A.D.||as|
In Roman religion, Concordia was the goddess of agreement, understanding, and marital harmony. The cult of Concordia Augusta ("Majestic Harmony") was of special importance to the imperial household. She is usually depicted wearing a long cloak and holding a patera (sacrificial bowl), a cornucopia (symbol of prosperity), or a caduceus (symbol of peace).
RB92926. Bronze as, RIC IV 203b, Cohen V 11, Hunter III 17, SRCV III 9178, VF, well centered, blue-green patina, edge split, scattered pitting, minor encrustations, weight 9.535 g, maximum diameter 25.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 244 - 249 A.D.; obverse MARCIA OTACIL SEVERA AVG, diademed draped bust right; reverse CONCORDIA AVGG (harmony between the two emperors), Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, double cornucopia in left hand, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; ex Marc R Breitsprecher, ex Flavian Logic; $105.00 (€96.60)
 


Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Gallienus,| |August| |253| |-| |September| |268| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||tetradrachm|
In 265, Gallienus twice tried to crush the usurper Postumus. On the first attempt Aureolus, commander of the elite cavalry, carelessly let Postumus escape. The second time, Gallienus suffered an arrow wound and had to break off his siege. Gallienus made no other serious attempts to overcome his rival, and Postumus made no move to extend his territory.
RX92532. Billon tetradrachm, Geissen 2923; Dattari-Savio pl. 272, 5249; Milne 4107; SNG Cop 782; BMC Alexandria p. 285, 2190; Kampmann 90.80; Emmet 3817/12 (R1), Choice gVF, well centered, dark toned, flow lines, porous, edge a little ragged, weight 9.162 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 264 - 28 Aug 265 A.D.; obverse AVT KAI ΛIK ΓAΛΛIHNOC CEB, laureate and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front; reverse Homonoia seated left, wearing stephane, throne with back, raising right hand, double cornucopia in left hand, palm frond right, IB / L (year 12) left; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $70.00 (€64.40)
 


Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Gallienus,| |August| |253| |-| |September| |268| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||tetradrachm|
Homonoia was the goddess (or spirit or personification) of harmony, concord, unanimity, and oneness of mind. She is usually depicted either seated or standing with a cornucopia.
RX92535. Billon tetradrachm, Geissen 2950; Dattari-Savio 5247; Milne 4165; Curtis 1605; SNG Cop 798; BMC Alexandria p. 285, 2187; Kampmann 90.104; Emmett 3816/15 (R1), gVF/VF, nice style, slightly off center, encrustations, bumps and scratches on reverse, weight 8.945 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 267 - 28 Aug 268 A.D.; obverse AVT K Π ΛIK ΓAΛΛIHNOC CEB, laureate and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front; reverse Homonoia standing left, right raised, cornucopia in left hand, palm right, date LIE (year 15) left; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $70.00 (€64.40)
 


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

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Gordian| |III,| |29| |July| |238| |-| |25| |February| |244| |A.D.,| |Alexandria,| |Egypt||tetradrachm|
Homonoia was the goddess (or spirit or personification) of harmony, concord, unanimity, and oneness of mind. She is usually depicted either seated or standing with a cornucopia.
RX92524. Billon tetradrachm, RPC Online VII.2 U2667; Geissen 2675; Dattari 4740; Milne 347; SNG Cop 694; BMC Alexandria p. 244, 1879; Kampmann-Ganschow 72.139; Emmett 3411/7 (R1), aVF, broad flan, porous, rough, small edge splits, weight 10.109 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 243 - 25 Feb 244 A.D.; obverse A K M ANT ΓOP∆IANOC EV, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse Homonoia standing facing, head left, raising right hand, double cornucopia in left hand, LZ (year 7) lower left; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $50.00 (€46.00)
 







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