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Gallic Empire, Tetricus I, Mid 271 - Spring 274 A.D.
Tetricus I succeeded to the throne of the Gallic empire after the death of Victorinus. After three years of rule, the power of the separatist state had declined and in 273 A.D. Aurelian invaded. Tetricus I immediately abdicated rather than fight the vastly superior forces of Aurelian. Tetricus and his son were both honored by Aurelian and they lived quite comfortably in Rome.
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. RA91624. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 80, Cohen VI 57, Hunter III 16, SRCV III 11237, VF, well centered, attractive portrait, nice dark brown patina, light marks, minor encrustations, reverse die wear, small edge splits, weight 3.262 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 0o, Mainz or Treveri (Trier) mint, 273 - 274 A.D.; obverse IMP TETRICVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, drapery on left shoulder; reverse HILARITAS AVGG, Hilaritas standing left, long branch in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $90.00 (€79.20)
Victory or Nike is seen with wings in most statues and paintings, with one of the most famous being the Winged Victory of Samothrace. Most other winged deities in the Greek pantheon had shed their wings by Classical times. Nike is the goddess of strength, speed, and victory. Nike was a very close acquaintance of Athena and is thought to have stood in Athena's outstretched hand in the statue of Athena located in the Parthenon. Victory or Nike is also one of the most commonly portrayed figures on Greek and Roman coins. RB89976. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 56, SRCV III 11232, Cohen VI 17, Hunter IV 4, gVF, nice portrait, centered on a tight flan, flow lines, small green encrustations, small edge cracks, weight 3.964 g, maximum diameter 19.44 mm, die axis 180o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint, 272 A.D.; obverse IMP C TETRICVS P F AVG, radiate, draped bust right; reverse COMES AVG (companion of the Emperor), Victory standing left, extending wreath in right hand, palm frond in left; $80.00 (€70.40)
The flan is about twice as thick and twice as heavy as typical for this type.SH35034. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 148, SRCV III 11258, Cohen VI 207, Schulzki AGK 14a, gVF, heavy flan, weight 7.644 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, die axis 0o, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 5th emission, early 274 A.D.; obverse IMP C TETRICVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS AVGG (valor of the two emperors), Virtus standing left, spear in left hand, resting right hand on shield on ground; ex CNG 72 (Jun 2006), 2006 ($295.50 including fees), ex Douglas O. Rosenberg Collection; scarce; SOLD
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