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LIBERALITAS AVG (the generosity of the Emperor)

Liberalitas coin types attest to occasions when the emperor has displayed his generosity towards the people by a distribution to them, in money, provisions, or both. The first mention of Liberalitas was on coins of Hadrian. It was a type frequently repeated by the succeeding emperors. Indeed these instances of imperial generosity are more carefully recorded on coins than they are by history. This coin advertises that Elagabalus has made his third distribution to the people. Liberality is personified by the image of a woman, holding in one hand a counting board, or square tablet with a handle on which are cut a certain number of holes. These boards were used to quickly count the proper number of coins or other items for distribution to each person. In the other hand she holds a cornucopia.

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LIBERALITAS AVG (in others with II, III, or IIII). on a gold coin of Gordian III the personification of Liberality stands holding up the tessera in her right hand, and two horns of abundance in her left hand [double cornucopia], as designating a double gift made at that time; or as was usual to be done, a donative to the soldiery, a congiarium to the people.

A great many Liberalities of Gordian III appear on the coins of that prince, of which no notice is taken by historians.

LIBERALITAS AVG or LIBERALITAS AVGVSTI - On a first brass of Maximinus the emperor is represented sitting on a curule chair surmounting a platform on which there are three other figures; and there are several small ones st the foot of the suggestum.
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