Severus Alexander (11 March AD 222 - 19 March AD 235)

Severus Alexander was a beloved cousin of Elagabalus. As his popularity grew, Elagabalus recognized in him the growing menace of a future rival and sought to oust him. But this only served to infuriate the army which by now had taken the young Caesar under its wing. Rather than let Elagabalus depose Alexander by civil or violent means, they instead mutinied and murdered the emperor to clear the way for Alexander's accession. Alexander's mother, Julia Mamaea, was a constant embarrassment and irritation to the prevailing sensibilities of the army, the Senate and the rest of the Roman citizenry. Eventually she and her son were corralled in a mutiny and massacred.

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Severus Alexander 'Victory' Sestertius 027859

Severus Alexander 'Victory' Sestertius
Bronze, 18.24 grams, 30.50 mm. Rome. AD 222-231. Obverse: IMP SEV ALEXANDER AVG, laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder. Reverse: VICTORIA AVGVSTI S-C, Victory standing right, foot on helmet, inscribing VOT X on shield attached to palm tree. RIC 616; Sear 8021; Cohen 567. Very fine. Accompanied by an old collection ticket.

£90.00

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Severus Alexander 'Sol' Sestertius 027832

Severus Alexander 'Sol' Sestertius
Bronze, 20.23 grams, 29.71 mm. Rome. AD 234. Obverse: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right. Reverse: P M TR P XIII COS III PP, Sol walking left, holding whip and raising right hand, S-C across fields. RIC 538; Sear 8004. Good very fine. Accompanied by an old collection ticket.
£145.00

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Severus Alexander 'Sol' Sestertius 027832
Severus Alexander 'Providentia' Denarius 021418

Severus Alexander 'Providentia' Denarius
Silver, 2.40 grams, 19.44 mm. Rome. 223 AD. Obverse: IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: PROVIDENTIA AVG, Providentia standing left, holding rod over globe at left and sceptre. RIC 173; RSC 498; Sear 7921. Near extremely fine/very fine.
£40.00

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Severus Alexander 'Providentia' Denarius 021418
Severus Alexander 'Annona' Denarius 022479

Severus Alexander 'Annona' Denarius
Silver, 2.93 grams, 20.21 mm. Rome. 228 AD. Obverse: IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG, laureate and draped bust right. Reverse: ANNONA AVG, Annona standing left, holding corn-ears and cornucopiae, modius at foot. RIC 133; RSC 23; Sear 7857. Extremely fine.
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Severus Alexander 'Annona' Denarius 022479
Severus Alexander 'Mars' Denarius 022478

Severus Alexander 'Mars' Denarius
Silver, 3.33 grams, 18.63 mm. Rome. 227 AD. Obverse: IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG, laureate and draped bust right. Reverse: P M TR P VI COS II P P, Mars advancing right, holding spear and trophy. RIC 61; Sear (1988) 2225; RSC 305; cf Sear 7898 (tribunal year). Good extremely fine.
£70.00

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Severus Alexander 'Mars' Denarius 022478
Severus Alexander 'Pax' Denarius 022441

Severus Alexander 'Pax' Denarius
Silver, 2.82 grams, 20.25 mm, 18.38 mm. Rome. 227 AD. Obverse: IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG, laureate and draped bust right. Reverse: PAX AETERNA AVG, Pax standing left, holding branch and sceptre. RIC 165; RSC 183; Sear 7886. Extremely fine.
£80.00

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Severus Alexander 'Pax' Denarius 022441
Severus Alexander 'Emperor Sacrificing' Denarius 022440

Severus Alexander 'Emperor Sacrificing' Denarius
Silver, 3.16 grams, 18.38 mm. Rome. 227 AD. Obverse: IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG, laureate and draped bust right. Reverse: P M TR P VI COS II P P, Emperor standing left, holding patera, sacrificing over altar. RIC 70; RSC 325; cf Sear 7899 (tribunal year). Extremely fine.
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Severus Alexander 'Emperor Sacrificing' Denarius 022440
Severus Alexander 'Spes' Denarius 015587

Severus Alexander 'Spes' Denarius
Silver, 3.30 grams, 19.87 mm. Rome. 232 AD. Obverse: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right. Reverse: SPES PVBLICA, Spes walking left, holding flower and raising hem of robe. RIC 254; RSC 543; Sear 7927. Extremely fine.
£65.00

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Severus Alexander 'Spes' Denarius 015587
Severus Alexander 'Salus' Denarius 021152

Excessively Rare Severus Alexander 'Salus' Denarius
Silver, 2.52 grams, 18.12 mm. Antioch. 222-235 AD. Obverse: IMP SEV ALEXAND AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: SALVS PSVLAS (sic), Salus seated left, feeding serpent rising from altar; star in right field. Reka-Devnia hoard p. 213; RIC 298 var (reverse legend); Sear -;. This unusual reverse legend is known only from an example in the Reka Devnia hoard (page 134) and is mentioned in a note on page 93 of RIC. Small striking crack, otherwise extremely fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£225.00

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Severus Alexander 'Salus' Denarius 021152


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