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Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.
The flattering appellation "the restorer of the city" was doubtless given not for either rebuilding or embellishing Rome, but rather for restoring the honor of the "Eternal City" by avenging the death of Pertinax, securing domestic tranquility to the empire, and reestablishing respect for the Roman name by victories over the Parthians.
RS89485. Silver denarius, RIC IV 167a, BMCRE V 194, RSC III 599; Hunter III 41; SRCV II 6357, Choice VF, well centered, tiny edge crack, Rome mint, weight 3.372g, maximum diameter 18.0mm, die axis 150o
, 201 A.D.; obverse SEVERVS AVG PART MAX, laureate head right; reverse RESTITVTOR VRBIS (the restorer of the city), Severus standing left in military attire, sacrificing over flaming tripod altar from patera in right hand, inverted spear vertical behind in left hand; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 73, part of lot 970; $95.00
Catalog current as of Wednesday, June 19, 2019.
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