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Hope in flower / Best of princes

Trajan, 98-117. Denarius. Obv.: Trajan. Rev.: Hope (Spes) with flower. Inscr.: COS V PP SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI.

The figure of Hope hitching skirt and advancing with flower appears based on the (usually left) profile of archaic
Kore or "Persephone" statues (thanks to Jasper Burns for this connection). Later Roman depictions fuse this figure with that of Eternity holding a phoenix:

Faustina, Empress, d. 141. Obv.: Faustina r. Inscr.: DIVA FAVSTINA. Rev.: Empress as Eternity with phoenix on globe. Inscr.: AETERNITAS.

Carinus, 283-85. Antoninianus. Obv.: Carinus in armor with radiate crown r. Rev.: Eternity with phoenix on globe. Inscr.: AETERNIT AVGG

Related links:
Public Trust Bearing Fruit -- Mars Born of a Flower / Mother Juno -- Cosmic Coordinates / Empire without End

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