Vespasian AE Dupondius. 76 AD.Felicitas. Felicitas was the goddess of good luck and success.

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Vespasian AE Dupondius. 76 AD. IMP CAES VESP AVG P M T P COS VII, radiate head righ / FELICITAS PVBLICA S-C, Felicitas standing left holding caduceus & cornucopiae. Cohen 155. RIC 578.VF. (11.5 grams.)

T Flavius Vespasianus was a general under the emperor Claudius, leading the invasion of Britain, and under Nero, commanding the troops sent to subdue Judaea in the First Jewish War. He was proclaimed emperor by this troops in 69 AD, defeated Vitellius in 70, and proved to be a very capable emperor, reversing much of the decline caused by Nero and the Civil Wars of 69 AD. He died of natural causes in 79 AD.

In Roman mythology, Felicitas was the goddess or personification of good luck and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire, and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.

Felicitas was unknown before the mid-2nd century BC, when a temple was dedicated to her in the Velabrum in the Campus Martius by Lucius Licinius Lucullus, using booty from his 151�150 BC campaign in Spain. The temple was destroyed by a fire during the reign of Claudius and was never rebuilt.

Another temple in Rome was planned by Julius Caesar and was erected after his death by Marcus Aemilius Lepidus on the site of the Curia Hostilia, which had been restored by Lucius Cornelius Sulla but demolished by Caesar in 44 BC. This temple no longer existed by the time of Hadrian, and its site probably lies under the church of Santi Martina e Luca.

The word felicitas, "luck", is also the source of the word and name felicity.
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