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Tetricus II's father succeeded to the throne of the Gallic empire after the death of Victorinus and made him Caesar in 273 and Augustus in spring 274 A.D. After three years of rule, the power of the separatist state had declined and in 273 A.D. Aurelian invaded. Tetricus I abdicated rather than fight the vastly superior forces of Aurelian. Tetricus II and his father were both honored by Aurelian and they lived quite comfortably in Rome.
Spes was the Roman personification of Hope. In art Spes is normally depicted carrying flowers or a cornucopia, but on coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right hand, and raising a fold of her dress with her left hand. She was also named "ultima dea" - for Hope is the last resort of men.RA20942. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 270, Schulzki AGK 9a, Cunetio 2647, Elmer 791, Cohen VI 88, Hunter IV 11, SRCV III 11292, aVF, interesting multi-color patina, edge cracks, weight 3.243 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, Mainz or Treveri (Trier) mint, as caesar, 273 - spring 274 A.D.; obverse C PIV ESV TETRICVS CAES, radiate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse SPES AVGG (hope of the two emperors), Spes advancing left, extending flower in right hand, raising skirt drapery with left hand; $85.00 (€74.80)
Gallic Empire, Tetricus II, as Caesar, 273 - Spring 274 A.D., Barbaric imitative
From the Aiello Collection.RB04071. Bronze barbarous radiate, EF, weight 2.02 g, maximum diameter 15.2 mm, die axis 180o, irregular barbaric mint, after 273 A.D.; obverse C PIV ESV CETV PEV, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse AV [ ] SVC, female figure standing left holding cornucopia in left and uncertain object in right; SOLD
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.RS41903. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 224, Schulzki AGK 1, Cunetio 2612, Cohen VI 5, Elmer -, SRCV III -, VF, nice portrait, weight 2.274 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint, as caesar, 273 - spring 274 A.D.; obverse C PIV ESV TETRICVS CAES, radiate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse COMES AVG (companion of the Emperor), Victory standing left, wreath in extended right hand, palm over shoulder in left hand; scarce; SOLD
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