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Roman Coins from the Year of Five Emperors 193 A.D.

193 A.D. - The Year of Five Emperors. On 1 January, the Senate selected Pertinax, against his will, to succeed the late Commodus as Emperor. The Praetorian Guard assassinated him on 28 March and auctioned the throne to the highest bidder, Didius Julianus, who offered 300 million sesterces. Outraged by the Praetorians, legions in Illyricum select Septimius Severus as emperor; in Britannia the legions select their governor Clodius Albinus, and in Syria the legions select their governor Pescennius Niger. On 1 June Septimius Severus entered the capital, put Julianus put to death and replaced the Praetorian Guard with his own troops. Clodius Albinus allied with Severus and accepted the title of Caesar. Pescennius Niger was defeated, killed and his head displayed in Rome

Clodius Albinus, Late 195 or Early 196 - 19 February 197 A.D.

|Clodius| |Albinus|, |Clodius| |Albinus,| |Late| |195| |or| |Early| |196| |-| |19| |February| |197| |A.D.||denarius|NEW
African by birth, Clodius Albinus had a distinguished military career and was made governor of Britain. Septimius Severus made him Caesar. In 195 A.D., after consolidating his position, Septimius declared Clodius a public enemy and attacked. In response, Clodius assumed the purple, but he was defeated and committed suicide.
RS97753. Silver denarius, RIC IV 1a (R), RSC III 58, BMCRE IV 38, SRCV II 6145, Hunter III -, F, toned, a few old scratches, overstruck (probably on an older Clodius Albinus denarius), edge cracks, weight 2.486 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar under Septimius Severus, 193 A.D.; obverse D CLODIVS ALBINVS CAES, bare head right; reverse PROVID AVG COS (the foresight of the Emperor, consul), Providentia standing left, holding wand in right hand over globe at feet, long scepter vertical behind in left hand; ex CNG e-auction 424 (26 Aug 2015), lot 503; rare; $100.00 (€82.00)










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