Fortuna actually grew from, like so much of the Roman pantheon, the Ancient Greeks, in this example, Tyche. This daughter of Aphrodite, Tyche was hugely important in Greece, and her temples, such as the Tychaeon in Alexandria, were said by contemporaries to be the finest in the Hellenic world, She made the transition to Rome by taking on the name Fortuna, where she was just as widely admired, surviving well past antiquity and the Middle Ages, in fact. Her function was always the same – good fortune.
The coin is gorgeous, and easily maintains the sky-high standard set by T&S Coin to date. The high-relief is expertly used, with the raised border making a cool change from the usual, the layered relief not only raised above it, but also diving deep below. The quality of the design details looks equally well realised. The choice of gilded highlights is sensible, and we all know how attractive that gilding and antiquing combo is.