Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.
This type refers to Severus' victories over Parthia. Severus assumed the title "Parthicus Maximus," greatest of Parthian conquerors.RS71520. Silver denarius, RIC IV 176, RSC III 370, BMCRE V 256, cf. SRCV II 6323 (TR P X COS III, 202 A.D.), VF, well centered, toned, weight 2.934 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 201 A.D.; obverse SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse PART MAX P M TR P VIIII, trophy of captured arms, flanked by two captives seated facing outward and wearing pointed caps; BMCRE 256, SRCV II 6323 var.; $135.00 (€117.45)
Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.
An interesting historical type commemorating the defeat of Parthia and the investiture of the puppet king Parthamastes by Trajan. His reign was short because the Roman army soon withdrew and Trajan died the following year.
RB72490. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 667, BMCRE III 1046, BnF IV 920, Woytek 594v, Cohen II 328, Strack 476, Banti 96, SRCV II 3191, aF, Tiber patina, rough, flan crack, weight 22.007 g, maximum diameter 33.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 116 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse REX PARTHIS DATVS (a king given to the Parthians), Trajan seated left on platform, placing diadem on head of king Parthamaspates, officer standing behind the emperor, Parthian kneeling in supplication before; ex Morton & Eden auction 59 (13 - 14 Nov 2012), part of lot 954; ex Kenneth Edwin Day Collection; scarce; $95.00 (€82.65)
Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.
In 166, the war with Parthia was successfully ended. The Parthians left Armenia and eastern Mesopotamia, which both become Roman protectorates.RB63624. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 948, BMCRE IV 1318, Cohen III 815, gF, weight 20.188 g, maximum diameter 31.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Dec 166 - Dec 167 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX, laureate head right; reverse TR POT XXI IMP IIII COS III, Victory walking left, extending wreath in right, palm frond in left; $90.00 (€78.30)
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