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Roman Coins from the Year of Five Emperors

Clodius Albinus, Late 195 or Early 196 - 19 February 197 A.D.

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After the praetorians "sold" the throne to Didius Julianus, Pescennius Niger was made emperor by Syrian legions; Septimius Severus by troops in Illyricum and Pannonia; and Albinus by armies in Britain and Gaul. Albinus allied with Septimius Severus and became caesar. After Niger was killed, Septimius no longer needed Albinus and attempted to have him assassinated. Albinus proclaimed himself emperor, crossed into Gaul with his army, defeated Severus' legate, and made Lugdunum his headquarters. On 19 Feb 197, at the hard-fought Battle of Lugdunum, with 150,000 troops on each side, Albinus was defeated and killed himself, or was executed. Severus rode his horse over Albinus' headless body before having it thrown into the Rhne with his murdered family. His head was sent to Rome as a warning.
RS85673. Silver denarius, RIC IV 7 (R1), BMCRE V 98, Hunter III 6, RSC III 48, SRCV II 6144, VF, nice portrait, tight flan typical of the period, light marks, tiny edge cracks, weight 2.922 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar, early Jun 93 - autumn 195 A.D.; obverse D CLOD SEPT ALBIN CAES, bare head right; reverse MINER PACIF COS II, Minerva standing left, helmeted, olive branch in right hand, resting left on grounded shield, spear leans against arm; scarce; $125.00 (106.25)











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Year of 5 Emperors