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Libius Severus, 19 November 461 - 25 Sept 465 A.D.
Libius Severus (also referred to as Severus III) is one of the emperors we know almost nothing about, even though he ruled for nearly four years. He was a native of Lucania and was proclaimed emperor at Ravenna by the mighty general Ricimer. Severus' death is surrounded by mystery. Ancient sources tell us that he was either poisoned or died of natural causes. The event might have the work of Ricimer since his puppet emperor was not recognized by the eastern emperor Leo I.
SH18325. Gold tremissis, RIC X 2709, DOC 897, EF
, Rome mint, weight 1.471g, maximum diameter 12.5mm, die axis 180o
, 461 - 465 A.D.; obverse D N LIB SEVERVS P F AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse cross in wreath, COMOB in exergue; ex Tkalec 2005, 400; very rare
Catalog current as of Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
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