I recently aquired these two denarii
, of the same type
but with different reverse legend
. The first one, RIC
96, dated of 207 AD, whilst the second one, RIC
175, undated, issued between 206 and 210 AD.
Now, I've seen many interpretations of the type
, from the rivers Tigris
and Euphrates and a Mesopotamia
, to the Danube and two captives
holds a specimen of RIC
96, interpreted as the rivers Tyne and Eden and the female figure representing Britannia
. But as I understand it, the Severans didn't leave Rome
until early 208 AD, thus, FORVM
's version might seem problematic (unless they were, somehow, vowing to the British river gods
in advance!). It could well fit, however, with the undated RIC
175, but wouldn't it seem more likely that both types
refer to the same river gods
? If so, I doubt that they could be British rivers... But, of course, other rivers might also seem inexplicable. I guess we could always leave it as RIC
: "to l., river-god, to r., two reclining figures"...
Any ideas? Thanks!