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Severus II, 25 July 306 - Summer 307 A.D.

Severus II was raised to the rank of Caesar in the Tetrarchy, 1 May 305 A.D. Two years later he marched against Maxentius in Rome, but after many of his troops deserted was captured, imprisoned and later executed.


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Rare engraving error: GENIO has been spelled GEINO.
SH32713. Billon follis, RIC VI Serdica 20a var. (reverse legend engraving error), Choice aEF, weight 9.887 g, maximum diameter 27.9 mm, die axis 0o, Serdica (Sofia, Bulgaria) mint, as caesar, 1 May 305 - 25 Jul 306 A.D.; obverse FL VAL SEVERVS NOB CAES, laureate head right; reverse GEINO AVGG ET CAESARVM NN, Genius standing slightly left, head left, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, kalathos on head, pouring libations from patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, KA in exergue; near full circles strike; very rare; SOLD


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Severus II was raised to the rank of Caesar in the Tetrarchy, 1 May 305 A.D. Two years later he marched against Maxentius in Rome, but after many of his troops deserted, he was captured, imprisoned and later executed.
SH66876. Billon follis, RIC VI Alexandria 56, SRCV IV 14637, Cohen 57, VF, slightly rough, weight 8.159 g, maximum diameter 29.8 mm, die axis 315o, 1st officina, Alexandria mint, as caesar, 1 May 305 - 25 Jul 306 A.D.; obverse FL VAL SEVERVS NOB CAESAR, laureate head right; reverse PERPETVITAS AVGG, Roman seated left, helmeted, shield against throne, Victory on globe offering wreath in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left, A upper right, S - P flanking across field, ALE in exergue; scarce; SOLD


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In Roman religion, every man has a genius, a presiding spirit. In De Die Natali, Censorinus says, from the moment we are born, we live under the guard and tutelage of Genius. Cities, organizations, and peoples also had a genius. On coins, we find inscriptions to the Genius of the Roman people, of the Senate, of the Emperor, etc. This coin is dedicated "to the Genius (guardian spirits) of our emperors and caesars."
RB49914. Billon follis, RIC VI Cyzicus 20a, SRCV IV 14629, Cohen VII 18, Choice EF, full circles strike, most silvering remains, weight 10.915 g, maximum diameter 28.3 mm, die axis 180o, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 1 May 305 - 25 Jul 306 A.D.; obverse FL VAL SEVERVS NOB CAES, laureate head right; reverse GENIO AVGG ET CAESARVM NN (to the guardian spirts of our emperors and caesars), Genius standing slightly left, head left, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, kalathos on head, pouring libations from patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, KA in exergue; rare; SOLD







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OBVERSE LEGENDS

FLVALSEVERVSNOBC
FLVALSEVERVSNOBCAES
IMPCSEVERVSPFAVG
SEVERVSAVG
SEVERVSAVGVSTVS
SEVERVSNOBC
SEVERVSNOBCAES
SEVERVSNOBCAESAR
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REFERENCES

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Calicó, X. The Roman Avrei, Vol. Two: From Didius Julianus to Constantius I, 193 AD - 335 AD. (Barcelona, 2003).
Cohen, H. Description historique des monnaies frappées sous l'Empire Romain, Vol. 7: Carausius to Constantine & sons. (Paris, 1888).
Depeyrot, G. Les monnaies d'or de Diocletien à Constantin I (284-337). Moneta 1. (Wetteren, 1995).
Paolucci, R. & A. Zub. La monetazione di Aquileia Romana. (Padova, 2000).
Robinson, A. Roman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, University of Glasgow, Vol. V. Diocletian (Reform) to Zeno. (Oxford, 1982).
Sear, D.R. Roman Coins and Their Values, Vol. IV: The Tetrarchies and the Rise of the House of Constantine...Diocletian To Constantine I, AD 284 - 337. (London, 211).
Sutherland, R.A.C. & C.H.V. Carson. The Roman Imperial Coinage, Vol VI, From Diocletian's reform to the death of Maximinus. (London, 1967).

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Roman Coins of Severus II