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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Severan Period| > |Severus Alexander| > RB92605
Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.
|Severus| |Alexander|, |Severus| |Alexander,| |13| |March| |222| |-| |March| |235| |A.D.|, Sol Invictus ("Unconquered Sun") was the sun god of the later Roman Empire and a patron of soldiers. In 274 the Roman emperor Aurelian made it an official cult alongside the traditional Roman cults. The god was favored by emperors after Aurelian and appeared on their coins until Constantine. The last inscription referring to Sol Invictus dates to 387 and there were enough devotees in the 5th century that Augustine found it necessary to preach against them. The date 25 December was selected for Christmas to replace the popular Roman festival Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, the "Birthday of the Unconquered Sun."
RB92605. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 513, BMCRE VI 771, SRCV II 7999, Cohen IV 415, Hunter III -, VF, well centered, brown tone, edge cracks, Rome mint, weight 19.847g, maximum diameter 31.1mm, die axis 0o, late 231 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate bust right from behind right shoulder; reverse P M TR P X COS III P P, Sol advancing slightly left, head left, radiate, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, whip in left hand, S - C across field at center; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $130.00 SALE |PRICE| $117.00 ON RESERVE











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