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Latin abbreviation: Securitas populus Romanus - Security of the Roman People.


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     SECVRITAS P. R.  Security of the Roman
. -- Gold and silver of Otho bear this
legend on their reverse, with the type of
Securitas in a matron's habit, who, lifting the
left hand to her head, and resting her elbow on
a chair, sits at her ease, holding the hasta pura
in her right hand.
    Eckhel gives the above as a genuine coin from
the Imperial Cabinet of Vienna, and alludes
to another published in Morell, which is more
fully inscribed POP. ROM. as "seeming to be
suspected." -- Rasche quotes from the Arschot
collection a silver medal of Titus (to whom
indeed, but not to ephemeral Otho, the legend
might have been dedicated without either falsehood or flattery); but Eckhel, Mionnet, and
Akerman are alike ignorant of its existance, or
more than doubtful of its authenticity, for they
take no notice of such a coin under Titus. On
the other hand, Eckhel describes from the
illustrious museum of which he was himself the
conservator, a silver coin of Vitellius (rather a
gluttonous guarantee for the security of a
people), inscribed SECVRITAS P. R., with a
woman seated before an altar. -- Mionnet, who
does not give this with P. R., quotes one as
reading SECVRITAS P. ROMANI, and affixes
thereto the words Médaille Suspecte. -- Mr.
Akerman's Catalogue contains neither of the
above under Vitellius, but ascribes to that
Emperor's mint a gold medal, bearing on its
reverse SECVRITAS IMP. GERMAN. and the figure
of a female seated, which is not in either Eckhel
or Mionnet.

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