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Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.
The reverse announces that Septimius has completed vows (prayers and sacrifices) to ask the gods for 20 years of rule. In a religious context, votum, plural vota, is a vow or promise made to a deity. The word comes from the past participle of voveo, vovere; as the result of the verbal action, a vow, or promise. The votum is an aspect of the contractual nature of Roman religion and sacrifice, a bargaining expressed by "do ut des" (I give that you might give).
RS87222. Silver denarius
, RIC IV
308, RSC III
791, BMCRE V
375, Hunter III
103, SRCV II
6393, VF, well centered
, tiny edge cracks, Rome
3.624g, maximum diameter
19.0mm, die axis
, 201 - 210 A.D.; obverse
AVG, laureate head
right; reverse VOTA SVSCEPTA XX
, Severus (his pointy beard well visible)
sacrificing left over a lit tripod altar
Catalog current as of Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
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