Roman Collector Posted July 17, 2022 · Patron Share Posted July 17, 2022 Fortuna, the Roman counterpart of the Greek goddess Tyche, was the goddess of fortune and the personification of luck in Roman religion. Fortuna was capricious and might bring bring either good or bad luck. She was a central figure in Roman life. The Roman people adopted the goddess into their tutelaries and consecrated nearly thirty temples to her in the different districts of the city. The goddess had many epithets. The following are those which appear on coins: Antiatina, Bona, Felix, Fors, Mala, Muliebris, Manens, Obsequens, Primigenia, Redux and lastly Fortuna Augusta/Augusti and Fortuna Populi Romani. Fortuna appears on a great number of imperial coins, standing or seated, and is depicted wearing the stola and holding a gubernaculum (ship's rudder), a globe, a caduceus, or rota fortunae (wheel of fortune) and a cornucopiae. On a coin of Commodus she sits holding a horse by the bridle. On a coin of Geta she is recumbent on the ground with a wheel and cornucopia by her side. This one depicts Fortuna Redux -- Fortune that brings back the Emperor in safety. Gallienus, AD 253-268. Roman billon antoninianus, 3.39 g, 20.1 mm, 11 h. Antioch, AD 266-267. Obv: GALLIENVS AVG, radiated and cuirassed bust, right. Rev: FORTVNA REDVX, Fortuna standing left, holding short caduceus and cornucopiae; VII C in exergue. Refs: RIC 613 F; Göbl 1640b; Cohen 277; RCV 10220. Notes: VII C probably refers to Gallienus' 7th (and final) consulate, AD 266-68. Gallienus, though son of an emperor (Valerian I), could hardly be considered a fortunate son. Post your coins of Fortuna or anything you feel is relevant! 15 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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