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Object Description
Title/Object Name
Ob: IMP(erator) TETRICVS P(ius) F(elix) AVG(ustus) | Re: HILARITAS AVGG(ustorum) [The good-will of Augustus]
270 - 273 CE
3rd century
Portfolio / Series Title
The Roman Empire in Chaos
Diameter, 0.7874 In, 2.0 Cm
Weight, 0.0082 Pounds, 3.702 Grams
Ob: Tetricus I bust right, radiate, cuirassed. Re: Personified Hilaritas standing left, holding palm and cornucopia.
Credit Line
Gift of Wilton Jaffee to the University of Colorado Classics Department (2003), Transfer, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder
Gaius Pius Esuvius Tetricus ruled from 271-274 along with his son Tetricus II, though it is doubted whether Tetricus the younger ever received the title of Augustus. The reverse of this coin, which has two G’s following the AV, usually an indication of two Augusti, would suggest that he did; however, the use of two G’s is not consistent throughout Tetricus’ coinage. Moreover, there are very few coins with Tetricus II by himself on the obverse; most coins either depict Tetricus I – as this one does – or the father and son together. Though the location of this coin’s mint is uncertain, it is most likely (based on stylistic similarities) the same southern mint utilized by Victorinus, Tetricus’ predecessor. The two Tetrici do have one almost entirely unique coin type, namely, CARITAS, the affection between father and son; this coin, however, has a far more common reverse type, that of HILARITAS, who is shown here with her usual attributes, the palm and cornucopiae. Hilaritas represented the cheerfulness of the Hilaria, a festival in March that celebrated the goddess Cybele, and thus she also came to symbolize good cheer, abundance, and fertility, as the palm and cornucopiae suggest. Reina Callier 2011.
Object ID
RIC V, Part 2, p. 408, no. 80



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