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Gaiety (Laetitia)

Happiness, cheerfulness and gaity (or joy) are personified on Roman coins by Felicitas, Hilaritas and Laetitia. Coins with these subjects celebrated the brighter side of life, or in harder times explained that the Empire was moving toward a happier future.


Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.

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Laetitia was a minor Roman goddess of gaiety, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy.
RA73238. Billon antoninianus, RIC V, part 2, 456; Webb Carausius 510; Hunter IV 118 var. (P AVG); Burton Latimer -; SRCV IV -, F, nice green patina, weak centers, scratches, small spots of corrosion, weight 3.185 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 180o, Camulodunum (Colchester, England) mint, 291 - 292 A.D.; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse LAETITIA AVG (the joy of the Emperor), Laetitia standing facing, head left, wreath in right hand, anchor in right hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking high across field; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; $155.00 (131.75)


Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.

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Laetitia was a minor Roman goddess of gaiety, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy.
RA73224. Billon antoninianus, RIC V, part 2, 456; Webb Carausius 510; Hunter IV 118 var. (P AVG); Burton Latimer -; SRCV IV -, F, uneven strike, corrosion, light cleaning scratches, weight 2.884 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 180o, Camulodunum (Colchester, England) mint, 291 - 292 A.D.; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse LAETITI AVG, Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, anchor in right hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking high across field; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection, ex Nilus Coins; $135.00 (114.75)


Florianus, June or July - August or September 276 A.D.

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Laetitia was a minor Roman goddess of gaiety, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy.
RA83679. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 4220, RIC V 34, BnF XII 1895, Venra 2475 - 2487, Gloucester 799, Hamburger Kunsthalle 1581, Maravielle 828, Navis-Mhlen 168, VF, centered, nice portrait, traces of silvering, scratches, weight 3.83 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Rome mint, issue 1, Jul - Aug 276 A.D.; obverse IMP C FLORIANVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse LAETITIA FVND, Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, anchor in left hand, XXIB in exergue; $125.00 (106.25)


Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.

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Laetitia was a minor Roman goddess of gaiety, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy.
RA73230. Billon antoninianus, Webb Carausius 509; RIC V, part 2, p. 502, 457; Hunter IV 118; SRCV IV 13605, F/VF, obverse off center, green patina with some flaking, scratches, weight 3.924 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, die axis 180o, Camulodunum (Colchester, England) mint, 291 - 292 A.D.; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS P AVG, radiate and draped bust right; reverse LAETITIA AVG (the joy of the Emperor), Laetitia standing half left, wreath in right hand, grounded anchor in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking high across field; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection, ex-Ancient Coin Collector's Guild Benefit Auction II (24 Sep 2009), lot 157; $105.00 (89.25)


Gallic Empire, Postumus, Summer 260 - Spring 269 A.D.

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"This refers to the importance of naval power in the Gallic Empire and perhaps even to an imperial visit to Britain in the early years of Postumus' reign" -- Roman Coins and Their Values III by David Sear.
RS64687. Silver antoninianus, RIC V 73, RSC IV 167a, Mairat 18, Schulzki AGK 41, Elmer 186, SRCV III 10958, VF, weight 3.026 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 180o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint, 261 A.D.; obverse IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse LAETITIA AVG (the joy of the Emperor), war galley left over waves, four rowers and steersman; $80.00 (68.00)


Gallic Empire, Tetricus I, mid 271 - Spring 274 A.D., Barbaric Imitative

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Laetitia was a minor Roman goddess of gaiety, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy.
RL72590. Bronze barbarous radiate, cf. official prototype: RIC V 90, SRCV III 11240, VF, porosity, weight 2.446 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, die axis 180o, unofficial mint, 272 - 290 A.D.; obverse IIVI S C TIITRICVS I (or similar, blundered), radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse ..HI..., Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, grounded anchor in left hand; $34.00 (28.90)







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