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A silver denarius of the emperor Septimius Severus with a reverse showing Dea Caelestis Coin Type: Silver denarius of Septimius Severus, 193 CE - 211 CE
Mint and Date: Rome, 204 CE.
Size and Weight: 19 mm x 21 mm, 3.75g
Laureate bust right.
Dea Caelestis holding thunderbolt in right hand and tall transverse sceptre in left hand, seated facing on lion, head right. Lion is leaping right over a stream of water which gushes from a pile of rock on left.
Exergue: IN CARTH
Ref: RCV (2002) 6285; RIC IV 266; BMCRE V p.218, 335.
Provenance: smsd (eBay), February 2006.
BW Ref: 039 025 074
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Note: The reverse inscription indicates that a favour was granted to the city of Carthage by the Augusti, but no-one knows for sure what it was. The design shows Dea Caelestis and a stream flowing from rocks, which has led some to suppose that an aqueduct was built, but it is at least as likely that the design is just a standard set of attributes for this particular goddess.

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