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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.


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

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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.

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A superb example of a rare coin. 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, RIC IV 69, Cohen 27, BMCRE V 13, SRCV II 7322, EF, 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; reverse FIDES MILIT (the loyalty of the soldiers), Fides standing left holding standard in each hand; flanked by two additional standards; superb portrait, excellent strike, nice toning; rare; SOLD


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

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Fides is the Roman goddess or deification of good faith, fidelity, loyalty, and honesty.
SH13508. Silver denarius, RIC IV 5e, F/VF, weight 2.356 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, obverse [IMP CAES C PESC]E NIGERIVSTI AG, laureate head right; reverse BONI EVENTVS, Fides standing half left, basket of fruit in right, heads of grain in left; toned, Ex Knobloch collection, Stacks 5/80 #865; rare (R3); SOLD


Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

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In 253, Valerian I split the Roman Empire in two; Gallienus took control of the West and his father ruled the East, where he faced the Persian threat.
SH57742. Orichalcum sestertius, GŲbl MIR 22dd, RIC V-1 J213; Cohen V 239; SRCV III 10469, VF, weight 21.409 g, maximum diameter 31.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, Aug 253 - Aug 254 A.D.; obverse IMP C P LIC GALLIENVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse FIDES MILIT (the loyalty of the soldiers), Fides standing half left, flanked by a standard in each hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; exceptional for this late sestertius issue, superb portrait on a full flan; scarce; SOLD


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

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193 A.D. - The Year of Five Emperors. On 1 January, the Senate selected Pertinax, against his will, to succeed the late Commodus as Emperor. The Praetorian Guard assassinated him on 28 March and auctioned the throne to the highest bidder, Didius Julianus, who offered 300 million sesterces. Outraged by the Praetorians, legions in Illyricum select Septimius Severus as emperor; in Britannia the legions select their governor Clodius Albinus, and in Syria the legions select their governor Pescennius Niger. On 1 June Septimius Severus entered the capital, put Julianus put to death and replaced the Praetorian Guard with his own troops. Clodius Albinus allied with Severus and accepted the title of Caesar. Pescennius Niger was defeated, killed and his head displayed in Rome.
SH57786. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 651, BMCRE V 469, SRCV II 6411, gVF, scratches, weight 16.761 g, maximum diameter 29.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, the "Year of Five Emperors," 193 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES L SEPT SEV PERT AVG, laureate bust right; reverse FIDEI LEG TR P COS, Fides standing slightly left, Victory in right, vexillum vertical behind in left, S - C across fields; handsome portrait from very early in his reign; SOLD


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

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RS15318. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 69, Cohen 27a, VF, weight 4.768 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, May - Jul 217 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse FIDES MILIT (the loyalty of the soldiers), Fides standing left holding standard in each hand; flanked by two additional standards; rare; SOLD


Clodius Albinus, Late 195 or Early 196 - 19 February 197 A.D.

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The Historia Augusta says of Clodius Albinus, "He was tall of stature, with unkempt curly hair and a broad expanse of brow. His skin was wonderfully white; many indeed think it was from this that he got his name. He had a womanish voice, almost as shrill as a eunuch's. He was easily roused, his anger was terrible, his rage relentless. In his pleasures he was changeable, for he sometimes craved wine and sometimes abstained. He had a thorough knowledge of arms and was not ineptly called the Catiline of his age."
RS87921. Silver denarius, RIC III 20b (R) var.; Hunter III 26 var.; BMCRE IV 284 var., RSC III 24 var., SRCV II 6166 var. (all var. none with slight drapery), gVF, iridescent toning, off center, scratches and marks, edge cracks, weight 2.701 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, issued as Augustus; obverse IMP CAES D CLO SEP ALB AVG, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse FIDES LEGION COS II, clasped hands, holding aquila (legionary standard topped with an eagle standing on thunderbolt above wreath); rare; SOLD


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

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In 218 A.D., with the treasury low and the praetorian guards at least quadrupled since Caesar's time, Macrinus was obliged, on proclaiming his son Diadumenianus as Augustus, to promise the old donative of 5000 denarii per man, of which he gave them each 1000 in hand. While the soldiers - who had already pocketed the Emperor's first gift of 750 denarii - enjoyed these substantial pickings, the people of Rome were promised a congiary of 150 denarii each.
SH34999. Silver denarius, RIC IV 67, Cohen 23 (6 Fr.), Choice EF, weight 2.967 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 218 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FIDES MILIT (the loyalty of the soldiers), Fides standing front, right foot on helmet, standard in each hand; superb portrait; scarce; SOLD


Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D.

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SH49446. Copper as, RIC II pt. 1 647, VF, weight 13.698 g, maximum diameter 28.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 88 - 89 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XIIII CENS PER P P, laureate head right; reverse FIDEI PVBLICAE S C, Fides standing right, ears of grain in right, plate of fruit in left; fine style and centering; rare; SOLD


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

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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.
RB86117. Orichalcum double sestertius, RIC V-2 123, Cohen VI 74, Bastien Postume 77, Mairat 189, Hunter IV 101, SRCV III 11040, VF, nice green patina, slightly off center, edge split/flaw, weight 20.431 g, maximum diameter 35.2 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; big 35mm bronze!; SOLD




  




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