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Severina, Augusta Spring 274 - November 275 A.D., Wife of Aurelian
There is considerable numismatic evidence Severina ruled in her own right between the death of Aurelian and the election of Tacitus. Sources mention an interregnum, and some of Severina's coins, including this type, appear to have been minted after Aurelian's death. She may have been the only woman to rule over the whole Roman Empire in her own power. The reverse advertises her good relations with the army, an unusual reverse for an empress, and perhaps an indication of her role as sole ruler.
SH43297. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 1348 (17 spec.), Bastien 10, BnF XII 14, Sainte-Pallaye 2746, Gloucester 64 - 65, RIC V-1 1 var. (dots in mintmark), Cohen VI 5, SRCV III -, aEF, 4th officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, weight 4.266g, maximum diameter 23.1mm, die axis 15o
, 4th issue, mid 275 A.D.; obverse SEVERINA AVG, draped bust right, wearing stephane, crescent behind shoulders; reverse CONCORD MILIT (harmony with the soldiers), Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, •D•L• in exergue; rare
Catalog current as of Wednesday, July 17, 2019.
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