Septimius Severus (9th April AD 193 - 4th February AD 211)

Lucius Septimius Severus was born on 11th April AD 145. To commemorate his great victories in the Parthian wars he built the triumphal arch, the Septizodium, a free-standing ornamental facade and nymphaeum; and various additions to the Imperial Palace. Secular games were held in AD 204. Severus set out for Britain in A.D. 208 where he spent his last two and a half years. He restored Hadrian's Wall, then vigorously penetrated far into Scotland to secure the northern frontier.

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Septimius Severus 'Annona' Denarius 023577

Septimius Severus 'Annona' Denarius
Silver, 2.80 grams, 18.95 mm. Rome. 205 AD. Obverse: SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right. Reverse: P M TR P XIIII COS III P P, Annona standing left by modius, holding corn ears and cornucopiae. RIC 200; RSC 476; Sear 6338. Very fine-good very fine.

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Septimius Severus 'Mars' Sestertius 027888

Very Rare Septimius Severus 'Mars' Sestertius
Bronze, 22.54 grams, 28.94 mm. Rome. AD 197-198. Obverse: L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP X, laureate head right. Reverse: MARTI PACIFERO, S-C, Mars, naked, helmeted, standing left, foot on cuirass, holding branch and reversed spear. RIC 741 var (rev. legend); Cohen 318 var (ditto); Sear -. This coin, without the titles "P M TR P V COS II P P" on the reverse, is not in RIC but other examples are known, e.g. the collections in Hannover and Budapest. Good fine. Accompanied by an old collection ticket. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£195.00

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Septimius Severus 'Mars' Sestertius 027888
Septimius Severus 'Mount Argaeus' Drachm 025363

Very Rare Septimius Severus 'Mount Argaeus' Drachm
Silver, 3.51 grams, 17.41 mm. Caesarea, Cappadocia. 193-194 AD. Obverse: AY L CEP CEOYHROC, laureate head right. Reverse: MHTRO KAICARI, ET B or ET R in exergue, Mount Argaeus, star above. Sydenham 388; cf Sear GIC 2255 for reverse type. Near extremely fine.
£125.00

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Septimius Severus 'Mount Argaeus' Drachm 025363
Septimius Severus 'Mount Argaeus' Drachm 025334

Extremely Rare Septimius Severus 'Mount Argaeus' Drachm
Silver, 2.67 grams, 18.75 mm. Caesarea, Cappadocia. 193-194 AD. Obverse: AY L CEP CEOYHROC, laureate head right. Reverse: MHTROPO KAICARIA ET R (for ET B), Mount Argaeus, star above. The date letter B, engraved as an R, is known for other coins from this mint. SNG Cop 257; Sydenham 390; cf Sear GIC for reverse type. Near extremely fine/very fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£150.00

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Septimius Severus 'Mount Argaeus' Drachm 025334
Septimius Severus 'Spes' Denarius 022678

Rare Septimius Severus 'Spes' Denarius
Silver, 1.49 grams, 17.60 mm. Laodicea. 194 AD. Obverse: L SEPT SEVER PERT AVG IMP II, laureate head right. Reverse: BONA SPES, Spes walking left, holding flower and raising hem of robe. RIC 444 var (obverse legend with SEVER); RSC 57 var (same); Sear 6266 var (mint and legend). The Laodicea mint is known for its obverse legend variations. Neither RIC nor RSC lists this obverse legend with SEVER. Good very fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£85.00

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