CLODIUS ALBINUS, as Caesar
AR Denarius. 3.42g, 18.3mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 194-195
REF: RIC 7; Cohen 48
OBVERSE: D CLOD SEPT ALBIN CAES, bare head right.
REVERSE: MINER [PA]CIF COS II, Minerva holding olive branch and shield on ground, spear resting against left arm.
Ex Rauch Wien Auction 44, 1990, lot 488
Very Fine/Almost Very Fine. Toned. Strong portrait; slight edge split.
When Emperor Pertinax was murdered in 193, Clodius Albinus, the Governor of Britannia and Gaul, was one of four men who aspired to the throne of the Roman Empire. In the civil war that ensued, Albinus initially allied himself with Septimius Severus, accepting the subordinate title of Caesar from Severus when the latter captured Rome. However, Severus soon decided that it was too dangerous to share power with a man who still commanded a force of nearly 150,000 soldiers, and had the Roman Senate declare Albinus an enemy of Rome. When their two armies met at the Battle of Lugdunum in February 197, Albinus was defeated and killed, with a vengeful Severus ordering that his corpse be stripped and laid on the ground so that he could trample it with his horse.
CLODIUS ALBINUS, as Caesar . AD 193-195 . AR Denarius . Minerva *Pedigreed*
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