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Providence (Providentia)

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

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Providentia is the personification of the ability to foresee and to make provision for the future. This ability was considered essential for the emperor and providentia was among the embodiments of virtues that were part of the imperial cult. Cicero said that providentia, memoria (memory) and intellegentia (understanding) are the three main components of prudentia, the knowledge what is good or bad or neither.
SH33732. Silver denarius, RIC IV 11a, BMCRE V 13, RSC III 43, SRCV II 6046, gVF, weight 3.437 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 193 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES P HELV PERTIN AVG, laureate head right; reverse PROVID DEOR COS II (to the foresight of the gods, consul for the second time), Providentia standing left raising her right hand toward a star, left hand on breast; attractive portrait; rare (R2); SOLD


Balbinus, 22 April - 29 July 238 A.D.

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Providentia is the personification of the ability to foresee and make provision. She was among the embodiments of virtues that were part of the Imperial cult of ancient Rome. Providentia apparently did not favor Balbinus. If he had a little foresight, he would have modified the chain of events that led to his murder after a reign of only 99 days.
RB86318. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 19, BMCRE VI 34, Cohen V 24 (12 fr.), Hunter III 19, SRCV III 8499, gVF, excellent portrait, tight flan, some marks and porosity, reverse slightly off center, edge cracks, weight 18.131 g, maximum diameter 29.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 22 Apr - 29 Jul 238 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse PROVIDENTIA DEORVM (to the foresight of the gods), Providentia standing half left, head left, wand downward over globe at feet in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low across field; scarce; SOLD


Balbinus, 22 April - 29 Jul 238 A.D.

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Providentia is the personification of the ability to foresee and make provision. She was among the embodiments of virtues that were part of the Imperial cult of ancient Rome. Providentia apparently did not favor Balbinus. If he had a little foresight, he would have modified the chain of events that led to his murder after a reign of only 99 days.
SH15470. Silver denarius, RIC IV-1 7, RSC III 23, BMCRE VI 33, Hunter III 2, SRCV III 8490, Choice aEF, weight 3.039 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 22 Apr - 29 Jul 238 A.D.; obverse IMP C D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse PROVIDENTIA DEORVM (to the foresight of the gods), Providentia standing left, in right baton over globe, cornucopia in left; full circle centering on both the obverse and reverse, nice style; rare; SOLD


Lucius Verus, 7 March 161 - February 169 A.D.

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In 162, Lucius Verus began war with the Parthians after Vologases IV invaded Syria and Armenia. The Romans would be victorious but the returning army would bring back a pandemic known as the Antonine Plague. The plague would significantly depopulate the entire Roman Empire.
SH53593. Silver denarius, RIC III 482, RSC II 155, BMCRE IV 202, Hunter II 7, cf. SRCV II 5354 (TR P III), Superb Uncirculated; fine style, bold strike, perfect centering, blazing luster, minor flan crack, weight 3.273 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Dec 161 - Dec 162 A.D.; obverse IMP L AVREL VERVS AVG, bare head right; reverse PROV DEOR TR P II COS II, Providentia standing left, globe in right hand, cornucopia in left; ex H. S. Perlin Co. (1988); SOLD


Balbinus, 22 April - June 238 A.D.

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Providentia is the personification of the ability to foresee and make provision. She was among the embodiments of virtues that were part of the Imperial cult of ancient Rome. Providentia apparently did not favor Balbinus. If he had a little foresight, he would have modified the chain of events that led to his murder after a reign of only 99 days.
SH27023. Silver denarius, RIC IV-1 7, RSC III 23, BMCRE VI 33, Hunter III 2, SRCV III 8490, aEF, weight 2.688 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 22 Apr - 29 Jul 238 A.D.; obverse IMP C D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse PROVIDENTIA DEORVM (to the foresight of the gods), Providentia standing left, baton over globe in right hand, cornucopia in left; rare; SOLD


Clodius Albinus, Late 195 or Early 196 - 19 February 197 A.D.

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Providence is most often depicted clothed in a matronís gown, holding a cornucopia in her left hand and in her right a short wand, which she points to a globe. She holds this globe in her right hand or it lies at her feet. The type is intended to mark the power and wisdom of the emperor, who ruled the Roman world.
SH34246. Silver denarius, RIC IV 1(c), BMCRE V 42, Cohen III 55, SRCV II -, gVF, weight 2.868 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar, early Jun to end 193 A.D.; obverse D CL SEPT ALBIN CAES, bare head right; reverse PROVID AVG COS (the foresight of the Emperor and Consul), Providentia standing half left, wand over globe in right hand, long scepter vertical in left; rare; SOLD


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

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Although references lists numerous varieties of Providentia reverses, this particular reverse, with rudder, PROVID AVG, and no mint marks is not listed in the references examined and we were unable to find another example online.

RIC notes that London issued coins without mint marks in 287 A.D. As this was the beginning of "British Empire" coinage, coins were often irregular and overstruck on older coins.
RA07649. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 -, Webb Carausius -, SRCV IV -, Hunter IV -, Cohen VII -, gVF, fine light green patina, and exotic "British" style, extremely rare, possibly unpublished or unique, weight 3.85 g, maximum diameter 24.8 mm, die axis 180o, Londinium (London, England) mint, c. mid 286 - early/mid 287; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, early reign moustache portrait type; reverse PROVID AVG (the foresight of the Emperor), Providentia standing left, rudder in right hand, globe left of rudder, cornucopia in right hand; from the Scott Collection; SOLD


Macrinus, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D.

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Providentia (foresight) was an important moral and philosophical abstraction in Roman discourse. Cicero says it is one of the three main components of prudentia, "the knowledge of things that are good or bad or neither," along with memoria (memory) and intellegentia (understanding). The reverse legend dedicates this coin to the providence of the gods.
SH77608. Silver denarius, RIC IV 80; RSC III 108; BMCRE V p. 506, 73; Hunter III 30; SRCV II 7361, Choice aEF, mint luster, excellent portrait, full circles centering, weight 3.173 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 3rd issue, Mar - Jun 218 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse PROVIDENTIA DEORVM (to the foresight of the gods), Providentia standing slightly left, head left, baton in right hand, held over globe at feet on left, cornucopia in left hand; SOLD


Balbinus, 22 April - 29 July 238 A.D.

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Providentia is the personification of the ability to foresee and make provision. She was among the embodiments of virtues that were part of the Imperial cult of ancient Rome. Providentia apparently did not favor Balbinus. If he had a little foresight, he would have modified the chain of events that led to his murder after a reign of only 99 days.
RB85012. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 19, BMCRE VI 34, Cohen V 24 (12 fr.), Hunter III 19, SRCV III 8499, aVF, mottled green patina, nice portrait, obverse a little rough, weight 17.651 g, maximum diameter 28.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 22 Apr - 29 Jul 238 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse PROVIDENTIA DEORVM (to the foresight of the gods), Providentia standing half left, head left, wand downward over globe at feet in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low across field; scarce; SOLD


Clodius Albinus, Late 195 or Early 196 - 19 February 197 A.D.

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After the praetorians "sold" the throne to Didius Julianus, Pescennius Niger was made emperor by Syrian legions; Septimius Severus by troops in Illyricum and Pannonia; and Albinus by armies in Britain and Gaul. Albinus allied with Septimius Severus and became caesar. After Niger was killed, Septimius no longer needed Albinus and attempted to have him assassinated. Albinus proclaimed himself emperor, crossed into Gaul with his army, defeated Severus' legate, and made Lugdunum his headquarters. On 19 Feb 197, at the hard-fought Battle of Lugdunum, with 150,000 troops on each side, Albinus was defeated and killed himself, or was executed. Severus rode his horse over Albinus' headless body before having it thrown into the RhŰne with his murdered family. His head was sent to Rome as a warning.
SH14069. Silver denarius, RIC IV 1c, RSC III 55, BMCRE V 41, Hunter III 1, SRCV -, gVF/VF, sharp portrait, weight 4.006 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar, 193 A.D.; obverse D CL SEPT ALBIN CAES, bare head right; reverse PROVID AVG COS (the foresight of the Emperor and Consul), Providentia standing half left, wand over globe in right hand, long scepter vertical in left; SOLD




  




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