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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Severan Period| > |Septimius Severus| > SH56951
Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.
|Septimius| |Severus|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.|, This rare type commemorates the chariot races and animal show that took place on the seventh and final day of Severus' Saecular Games in 204 A.D. Cassius Dio wrote: "The whole construction in the amphitheater was constructed in the form of a ship, and was so conceived that 400 beasts might be received into it, and at the same time be sent forth from it. Then, when it suddenly collapsed there issued out of it bears, lionesses, panthers, lions, ostriches, wild asses and bison, so that seven hundred beasts, both wild and domesticated, were seen running about at the same time and were slaughtered."
SH56951. Silver denarius, RIC IV 274, RSC III 253, BMCRE V 343, SRCV II 6296, VF/F, perfect centering, Rome mint, weight 3.183g, maximum diameter 19.9mm, die axis 0o, 206 A.D.; obverse SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse LAETITIA / TEMPORVM (Time of joy), spina of the Circus Maximus decorated as a ship left, sail on the central obelisk, four quadrigas racing left above, seven animals below: ostrich on left, a lion and lioness chasing a wild ass, a panther attacking a bison, and a bear on right; ex CGB Numismatique Paris (450 EUR); rare (R3); SOLD











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