AR Denarius. 3.25g, 19.6mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 198-200
REF: RIC 145a
OBVERSE: L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX, laureate head right.
REVERSE: VIRT AVGG, Virtus, helmeted standing left, holding Victory in extended right hand and resting left hand on shield set on ground; spear resting against left arm.
Good Very Fine. Clean, bright metal with pleasant frosty surfaces. Nicer in hand.
Septimius Severus was the founder of the Severan Dynasty. He was a native of Leptis Magna (in modern day Libya), born into a wealthy family of mixed Roman Italian and Punic-Berber descent. He came to power in 193, the year during which a civil war erupted following the assassination of Emperor Pertinax by the Praetorian guard. That year saw a total of five men acclaimed Augustus, but it was finally Septimius who won the throne after defeating his rivals Pescennius Niger and Clodius Albinus.
Septimius was an effective if harsh emperor, living up to his name Severus (the Severe). He was also one of the most militarily vigorous emperors, conquering various Arab tribes, the Assyrians at Adiabene, the Caledonians in Britain, as well as defeating the Parthian Empire.
SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS . AD 193-211 . Denarius . Virtus, Personification of Bravery
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