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Joy (Euphrosyne or Laetitia)

Euphrosyne was one of the Charites, the "Three Graces," and also the Goddess of Joy, a daughter of Zeus and Eurynome, and the incarnation of grace and beauty. Laetitia was the Roman Goddess of Joy, Gaiety, and Celebration, and is especially linked with holidays and festivals.


Pertinax, 31 December 192 - 28 March 193 A.D.

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Laetitia is the Roman goddess of gaiety and joy, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy. She is typically depicted on coinage with a wreath in her right hand, and a scepter, a rudder, or an anchor in her left hand.
SH33941. Silver denarius, RIC IV 4a, BMCRE V 8, RSC III 20, SRCV II 6041, Choice aVF, toned, weight 3.396 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 193 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES P HELV PERTIN AVG, laureate head right; reverse LAETITIA TEMPOR COS II, Laetitia standing half left, wreath in right hand, long scepter vertical in left; well centered; very rare (R2); SOLD


Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D.

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Laetitia is the Roman goddess of gaiety and joy, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy. She is typically depicted on coinage with a wreath in her right hand, and a scepter, a rudder, or an anchor in her left hand.
SH77375. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 300a, Cohen V 122, Banti 38, Hunter III 140, SRCV III 8712, Choice EF, superb portrait, excellent centering and strike, slight double strike in legends, small flan crack, very light scratches reverse upper right field, weight 24.355 g, maximum diameter 32.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, late 240 - early 243 A.D.; obverse IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse LAETITIA AVG N (the joy of our Emperor), Laetitia standing facing, head left, wreath in right hand, anchor in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low in field; ex Kirk Davis Classical Numismatics; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

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This type of reverse usually indicates the birth of a prince, and we would normally assume the boy and girl on the reverse represent children of the emperor. Hadrian and Sabina, however, had no children.
RB92353. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 970b, Hunter II 447, BMCRE III 1370, Cohen II 817 (Hilaritas half nude, probably in error), SRCV II 3602 var. (drapery), VF, dark green patina, full border centering on a broad flan, nice portrait, slight double strike on rev., minor edge flaw 3:00 on obverse, weight 28.452 g, maximum diameter 34.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 128 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P, laureate head right, long neck; reverse HILARITAS P R (Joy of the Roman People), Hilaritas standing half left, palm frond in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, at her feet on left a small nude boy standing right also holding the palm frond, at feet on right a dressed small girl standing left and reaching up to Hilaritas' drapery, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field, COS III in exergue; SOLD


Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Wife of Marcus Aurelius

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SL89810. Silver denarius, RIC III AP506b, RSC II 155a, BMCRE IV AP1049, Strack III A491, SRCV II 4705, Hunter II -, NGC AU, strike 5/5, surface 4/5 (4163480-012), weight 2.99 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, struck under Antoninus Pius, 148 - 152 A.D.; obverse FAVSTINAE AVG PII AVG FIL, draped bust right, single band (of pearls?) around head; reverse LAETITIAE PVBLICAE, Laetitia standing facing, head left, diadem in right, long scepter in left; from the Martineit Collection of Ancient and World Coins; SOLD


Crispina, Wife of Commodus, Augusta 178 - 182 A.D.

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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.
RS67692. Silver denarius, RIC III 282, RSC II 18, BMCRE IV 40, VF, weight 3.436 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 180 - 182 A.D.; obverse CRISPINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse HILARITAS, Hilaritas standing left, long grounded palm branch in right hand, cornucopia in left; scarce; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

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This type of reverse usually indicates the birth of a prince, and we would normally assume the boy and girl on the reverse represent children of the emperor. Hadrian and Sabina, however, had no children.
RB73704. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 970b, Hunter II 447, BMCRE III 1370, Cohen II 817 (Hilaritas half nude, probably in error), SRCV II 3602 var. (drapery), aVF, excellent portrait, well centered, toned Tiber patina, grainy and porous, some corrosion, cleaning marks, weight 26.921 g, maximum diameter 32.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 128 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P, laureate head right, long neck; reverse HILARITAS P R (Joy of the Roman People), Hilaritas standing half left, palm frond in right hand, scepter in left hand, at her feet on left a small nude boy standing right also holding the palm frond, at feet on right a dressed small girl standing left and reaching up touching Hilaritas' drapery, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field, COS III in exergue; big 33mm brass!; SOLD


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.

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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.
RB63755. Copper as, SRCV II 4828, RIC III Ant Pius 1260, Cohen III 231, VF, nice green patina, weight 10.236 g, maximum diameter 26.4 mm, die axis 150o, Rome mint, as caesar, 144 A.D.; obverse AVRELIVS CAESAR PII F COS II, bare head right; reverse HILARITAS S C, Hilaritas (the personification of rejoicing) standing left holding long palm frond and cornucopia; scarce; SOLD


Tacitus, 25 September 275 - June 276 A.D.

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Laetitia is the Roman goddess of gaiety and joy, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy. She is typically depicted on coinage with a wreath in her right hand, and a scepter, a rudder, or an anchor in her left hand.
RA73181. Silvered antoninianus, MER-RIC 3630, BnF XII 1736 - 1739, VenŤra 2337 - 2354, Mazzini 49, Cohen VI 49, RIC V-1 -, Choice gVF, weight 3.568 g, maximum diameter 22.2 mm, die axis 0o, 6th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, Nov - Dec 275 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CLA TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse LAETITIA AVG (the joy of the Emperor), Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, rudder in left hand, VI in exergue; SOLD


Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D.

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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.
SH12307. Copper as, SRCV II 6641, RIC IV S877, VF, weight 8.119 g, maximum diameter 26.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 198 A.D.; obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, hair in waved horizontal ridges, small flat coil at back of head, looped plait on neck; reverse HILARITAS S C, Hilaritas standing left holding palm frond and cornucopia; SOLD


Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D.

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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.

The two children on the reverse represent Cararcalla and Geta.
RS11050. Silver denarius, BMCRE V p. 161, 35; RIC IV S557, RSC III 79; Hunter III p. 43, 27; SRCV II 6587, Choice EF, full circle centering, very attractive, weight 3.383 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 200 - 202 A.D.; obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, hair in waved horizontal ridges, bun at back of head; reverse HILARITAS, Hilaritas standing facing between two naked small boys (Caracalla and Geta), her head left, her right leg forward, long grounded near vertical palm frond in her right hand, cornucopia in her left, the boy on the left touches the palm, the boy on the right touches her drapery; SOLD




  




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Joy (Euphrosyne or Laetitia)