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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Recovery of the Empire| > |Severina| > RA91442
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.
RA91442. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 3193 (19 spec.), RIC V-1 20, BnF XII 1351 - 1352, Bastien-Huvelin 259, SRCV III -, Choice gVF, well centered and struck, much silvering remaining, edge ragged (as struck), 4th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight 4.118g, maximum diameter 22.7mm, die axis 0o, issue 6, early 275 - Sep 275; obverse SEVERINA AVG, draped bust right, wearing stephane, crescent behind shoulders; reverse CONCORDIAE MILITVM (harmony with the soldiers), Concordia standing facing, head left, flanked by two standards, one in each hand, Q low inner left, XXI in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; SOLD




  






REFERENCES|

Huvelin, H. "L'atelier d'Antioche sous Claude II" in NAC XIX (1990), pp. 251-271.
McAlee, R. The Coins of Roman Antioch. (Lancaster, PA, 2007).
Prieur, M. & K. Prieur. The Syro-Phoenician Tetradrachms and their fractions from 57 BC to AD 258. (Lancaster, PA, 2000).
Van Heesch, J. "The last civic coinages and the religious policy of Maximinus Daza (AD 312)" in Numismatic Chronicle 1993, pp. 65 - 75, pl. 11.

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