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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.

Aurelian, August 270 - October or November 275 A.D.

|Aurelian|, |Aurelian,| |August| |270| |-| |October| |or| |November| |275| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Aurelian issued some rare antoninianii before his coinage reform which introduced larger, better silvered, and generally rounder coins, sometimes identified as a new denomination, the aurelianus. 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.
RA110046. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC T1584, RIC V-2 28, Gbl MIR 90a, SRCV III 11533, Blackmoor 3644, Venra 14-20, Komin 574, Normanby 1242, BnF XII -, Hunter IV - (p. cvii), VF, small flan cracks/splits, obverse off center, weight 2.657 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Rome mint, 1st issue, Oct - Dec 270 A.D.; obverse IMP C L DOM AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left, vexillum in right hand, long scepter in left hand, E right; $80.00 (80.80)


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|
Pescennius Niger was declared emperor by his troops after the murder of Pertinax. Septimius Severus, after consolidating his own forces and taking Rome, marched upon Niger and defeated him three times. After a fourth in a final defeat at Issus, Niger fled towards Parthia but was overtaken and executed.
SH99218. Silver denarius, RIC IV 5b (R3) var. (BONI EVENTVS), BMCRE V 299 var. (same), RSC III 10b var. (same), Hunter III 2 var. (same), SRCV II 6102 var. (same), aVF, toned, off center, light deposits, porosity, small edge splits, weight 3.824 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, Apr/1 Jun 193 - Mar/May 194 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES C PESC NIGER IVST AVG, laureate head right; reverse BONI EVENT (sic), Bonus Eventus or Fides standing half left, head left, raising plate of fruit in right in right hand, two stalks of grain downward in left hand; ex Noble Numismatics auction 121 (20 Jul 2019), lot 4796; ex Dr. C. Haymes Collection; ex Spink & Sons; unpublished variety of very rare type; SOLD







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