Libius Severus, 19 November 461 - 25 September 465 A.D.
Libius Severus (also referred to as Severus III) is one of the emperors we know almost nothing about, even though he ruled for nearly four years. He was a native of Lucania and was proclaimed emperor at Ravenna by the mighty general Ricimer. Severus' death is surrounded by mystery. Ancient sources tell us that he was either poisoned or died of natural causes. The event might have the work of Ricimer since his puppet emperor was not recognized by the eastern emperor Leo I. Libius Severus' coins are of finer gold than those of the preceding rulers.
Though he ruled nearly four years, we know little about Libius Severus. He was a native of Lucania and was proclaimed emperor at Ravenna by General Ricimer. Ancient sources tell us that he was either poisoned or died of natural causes. His death might have the work of Ricimer since his puppet emperor was not recognized by Leo I in Constantinople.
SH60435. Bronze AE 4, RIC X 2715, weight 0.593 g, maximum diameter 8.58 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, obverse DN LIB, pearl-diadmed head right; reverse R M C E monogram (Magister Militum Ricimer?) within wreath; rare; $1080.00 (€831.60)
SH18325. Gold tremissis, RIC X 2709, DOC 897, EF, weight 1.471 g, maximum diameter 12.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 461 - 465 A.D.; obverse D N LIB SEVERVS P F AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassedbust right; reversecross in wreath, COMOBin ex; ex Tkalec 2005, 400; very rare; SOLD