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Fidelity (Fides)

Roman coins were often dedicated to Fides for her good quality of preserving the public peace by keeping the army true to its allegiance.

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

|Postumus|, |Gallic| |Empire,| |Postumus,| |Summer| |260| |-| |Spring| |269| |A.D.||double| |sestertius|
This coin is dedicated to the goddess Fides for her good quality of preserving the public peace by keeping the army true to its allegiance. Unfortunately for Postumus, Fides is only an imaginary goddess, his disgruntled troops killed him after he refused to allow them to sack Moguntiacum (Mainz, Germany).
RB98102. Orichalcum double sestertius, RIC V-2 123, Cohen VI 74, Bastien Postume 77, Mairat 189, Hunter IV 101, SRCV III 11040, gF, obverse a little off center, parts of legends weak/unstruck, minor edge split, minor porosity, weight 18.031 g, maximum diameter 32.7 mm, die axis 180o, Treveri (Trier, France) mint, 3rd bronze emission, 261 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CASS LAT POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse FIDES MILITVM (the loyalty of the soldiers), Fides Militum standing facing, head left, flanked by two signum, one in each hand; ex CGB Numismatique Paris; $300.00 (246.00)


Pescennius Niger, April to 1 June 193 - March, April or May 194 A.D.

|Pescennius| |Niger|, |Pescennius| |Niger,| |April| |to| |1| |June| |193| |-| |March,| |April| |or| |May| |194| |A.D.||denarius|
Fides is the Roman goddess or deification of good faith, fidelity, loyalty, and honesty.
SH84793. Silver denarius, cf. RIC IV 5 (R3), BMCRE V 299, RSC III 10, Hunter V 2, SRCV II 6102 (our obverse legend appears to be an unlisted variant), VF, interesting portrait, rough, corrosion, horn silver encrustations, tight flan, weight 2.211 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, Apr/1 Jun 193 - Mar/May 194 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES C PESCE NIGER IVSTI A (or similar), laureate head right; reverse BONI EVENTVS, Fides standing half left, raising plate of fruit in right in right hand, two stalks of grain downward in left hand; ex Roma Numismatics, e-sale 27 (28 May 2016), lot 603; very rare; SOLD


Macrinus, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D.

|Macrinus|, |Macrinus,| |11| |April| |217| |-| |8| |June| |218| |A.D.||antoninianus|
This coin is dedicated to the goddess Fides for her good quality of preserving the public peace by keeping the army true to its allegiance.
RS8040. Silver antoninianus, RSC III 27b, BMCRE V 13 corr. (cuir. omitted in error), RIC IV 69, SRCV II 7322, Hunter III -, EF, superb portrait, excellent strike, nice toning, weight 4.78 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 217 - 218 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse FIDES MILIT (the loyalty of the soldiers), Fides standing slightly left, head left, holding standard in each hand, flanked by two additional standards; rare; SOLD


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

|Septimius| |Severus|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.||denarius|
In 193, Laodicea was sacked by the governor of Syria, Pescennius Niger, in his revolt against Septimius Severus. In 194, Septimius Severus reorganized Syria into five new provinces. One of these, Coele-Syria, including all of northern Syria, briefly had its capital in Laodicea before reverting to Antioch. Septimius sought to punish Antioch for having supported Pescennius Niger. Septimius Severus endowed Laodicea with four colonnaded streets, baths, a theater, a hippodrome, numerous sanctuaries and other public buildings in the city. The city was a key strategic seaport for Roman Syria.
RS90503. Silver denarius, RIC IV 511(a), RSC III 4 55a; BMCRE V p. 294, 712; SRCV II -, Choice aEF, bold full circles strike on a broad flan, weight 3.231 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria) mint, 198 - 200 A.D.; obverse L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX, laureate head right; reverse P MAX TR P VIII COS II P P, Fides standing half left, raising a basket of fruits in right, two stalks of grain in left; SOLD


Valerian I, October 253 - c. June 260 A.D.

|Valerian| |I|, |Valerian| |I,| |October| |253| |-| |c.| |June| |260| |A.D.||antoninianus|
This coin is dedicated to the goddess Fides for her good quality of preserving the public peace by keeping the army true to its allegiance.
RS56869. Silver antoninianus, RIC V-1 241, RSC IV 71, VF, flat centers, weight 3.594 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 30o, Viminacium (Stari Kostolac, Serbia) mint, 253 - 254 A.D.; obverse IMP VALERIANVS P AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FIDES MILIT (the loyalty of the soldiers), Fides standing half-left holding standard and Aquila; good silver, handsome portrait, well centered, nice toning; SOLD







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