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Severina, Augusta spring 274 - November 275 A.D. 

Severina coins for sale in the Forum Ancient Coins shop

Severina was the wife of Aurelian. She was possibly the only Roman empress ever to rule in her own right, which she did during the interregnum after her husband's murder.

Also see: ERIC - SEVERINA

References
Bastien, P. Le monnayage de l'atelier de Lyon. De la réouverture de l'atelier par Aurélien à la mort de Carin (fin 274 – mi-285). Numismatique Romaine IX. (Wetteren, 1976).
Besly, E. and R. Bland. The Cunetio Treasure: Roman Coinage of the Third Century AD. (London, 1983).
Burnett, A. and R. F. Bland, eds. Coin Hoards from Roman Britain: The Normanby Hoard and Other Roman Coin Hoards. (London, 1988).
Cohen, H. Description historique des monnaies frappées sous l’Empire Romain, Vol. 6: Macrianus to Diocletian & Maximianus. (Paris, 1886).
Mattingly, H. Sydenham & Webb. The Roman Imperial Coinage, Vol V, Part I, Valerian to Florian. (London, 1927).
Monnaies de l’Empire Romain / Roman Imperial Coinage AD 268-276 (RIC V Online) http://www.ric.mom.fr/
Robinson, A. Roman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, University of Glasgow, Vol. IV. Valerian I to Allectus. (Oxford, 1978).
Sear, D.R. Roman Coins and Their Values, Volume Three, The Accession of Maximinus I to the Death of Carinus AD 235 - AD 285. (London, 2005).


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SEVERINA
(Ulpia), wife of the Emperor Aurelian, as she is certainly proved to have been as well from coins as from the dedicatory inscription of a marble copied by Muratori, which names her as ULPIA SEVERINA AVG. COnIVX INVICTI AVRELIANI AVG.  But scarcely anything is historically or personally known of this princess. Her medals, as Beauvais observes, do not represent her as handsome, and give great severity to her countenance. She is said to have been warlike in disposition, and even as Empress to have followed Aurelian on his military expeditions, on which occasion she gained the affection of the soldiers by her kindness and her liberalities.  The eyes of her cruelly rigid husband were watchful over her conduct, but she never gave the least pretense for slander.
Greek medals of Severina, struck at Alexandria, acquaint us that she survived her husband.  These same medals give her the name of the Ulpia family: a circumstance which induced Eckhel to believe (what indeed Beauvais has already stated) that she was the daughter of Ulpius Crinitus, a celebrated general in Valerian's time, who, descended from the family of Trajan, resembled him in valor and talents for war. This great captain adopted Aurelian (AD258), named him for his heir, and gave him his daughter in marriage.
Her coins are of the highest rarity in gold; second brass scarce, base silver and small brass common.  Some pieces represent her with Aurelian.
She is styled: SEVERINA AVG or SEVERINA P.F. AVG.
The illustration is from an antoninianus in the FORVM Members Collection of *Alex.


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