SAECVLO FRVGIFERO COS II

Latin: Fruitful age, consul for the second time.


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   SAECVLO FRVGIFERO. COS. II.-- On
first and second brass of Clodius Albinus. The
type. which is given here, from a large brass
coin, resembles that described above. In the
gold series, however, occurs a remarkable variety.
The Saeculum Frugifer is represented as a seated,
bearded, figure, wearing an eastern head-dress ;
his right hand is raised ; and in his left he holds
a flower. On each side of the chair is a winged
sphinx, wearing the Phrygian cap. A similar
type is found on two medallions in brass in the
French cabinet.-- See M. Lenormant's remarks
in Revue. Num., 1842, p. 20.
   The same legend (SAECVLO FRVGIFERO) is
found on a first brass of S. Severus, who certainly
appears to have been almost unprecedentedly
provident for the wants of his subjects, in re
frumentarid
.-- Immediately on his arrival at
Rome, he evinced his policy as well as his
providence by sending legions into Africa, lest
Pescennius Niger should, through Libya and
Egypt, occupy the former province, and cause
the Romans to suffer under a scarcity of corn.
And (as Spartian affirms) he extended his care in
this respect during all the remaining years of his
reign, ut moriens septem annonum canonem
reliquit
; so that 75,000 measures of oil alone
might be expended daily, which should suffice
for five year's consumption not only of the city
but of all Italy.  "The type of this coin represents
a man with a radiated head, holding a
caduceus with corn ears and a trident, and
(observes Eckhel) is composite ; for the rays
indicate the sun, by whose ripening influence the
fruits of the earth come to maturity ; the caduceus
and the corn ears apply to Mercury, the presiding
deity of trading people ; the trident symbolises
Neptune, across whose waves the corn-laden fleet
was borne."


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