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Roman Coins of Severan Period
Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

|Members| |Auction| |Listed|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.|, |denarius|
The Romans repeated the last letter of abbreviations to indicate multiples. The two G's at the end of the reverse legend indicate two Augusti - Septimius Severus and Caracalla.
MA95504. Silver denarius, RIC IV 107; RSC III 37; BMCRE p. 59, 239; Hunter III -, SRCV II -, F, rough, flan cracks, weight 2.066 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 197 - 198 A.D.; obverse L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP X, laureate head right; reverse ANNONAE AVGG, Annona standing facing, head left, right foot on prow, two heads of grain in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; $4.40 (4.05)


Julia Domna, Augusta, 194 - 8 April 217 A.D., Elaia, Aiolis

|Aeolis|, |Julia| |Domna,| |Augusta,| |194| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.,| |Elaia,| |Aiolis|, |AE| |19|
Elaea was the ancient port for Pergamum, located near the modern town of Zeytindag, Izmir Province, Turkey. During the Hellenistic period, Elaia was under the control of Alexander the Great, Lysimachus, Seleucids and Attalids respectively. Travelers coming to Pergamum by sea, would land at Elaea. One of the passages of Livy shows that there was a small hill near Elaea, and that the town was in a plain and walled. Elaea was damaged by an earthquake in the reign of Trajan, at the same time that Pitane suffered. The ruins of the silted port's breakwater can be seen on satellite photos.
RP92861. Bronze AE 19, SNG Munchen 433, Tekin Elaia -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, BMC Troas -, Weber -, Choice F, well centered, light marks, light deposits, weight 3.789 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, Elaia (near Zeytindag, Turkey) mint mint, 194 - 8 Apr 217 A.D.; obverse IOY ∆OMNA CEBA, draped bust right; reverse EΛAITΩN, Hygieia standing left, feeding serpent held in her arms; extremely rare; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

|Septimius| |Severus|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.|, |denarius|
The reverse refers to victory over Niger. To obscure that this was a civil war, it is phrased as victory over Arabs and Adiabenians, who aided Niger's cause.
MA95500. Silver denarius, RIC IV 485 (S), RSC III 699, BMCRE V W450, SRCV II -, Hunter III -, aF, tight flan, obverse slightly off center, weight 3.267 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria) mint, 196 - 197 A.D.; obverse L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP VIII, laureate head right; reverse VICTOR AVG, Victory walking left, raising wreath in right hand, trophy in left; this is the first specimen of this type handled by FORVM; scarce; $42.00 (38.64)


Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.

|Severus| |Alexander|, |Severus| |Alexander,| |13| |March| |222| |-| |March| |235| |A.D.|, |denarius|
Alexander's reign was characterized by a significant breakdown of military discipline. In 223 the Praetorian Guard murdered their prefect, Ulpian, and did so in Alexander's presence and despite the teenage emperor's pleas. The soldiers then fought a three-day battle against the populace of Rome, and this battle ended after several parts of the city were set on fire.
MA95653. Silver denarius, RIC IV 291 (S), RSC III 183b, BMCRE VI -, SRCV II -, Hunter III -, F, well centered, frosty surfaces, marks, edge crack, weight 2.563 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch mint, 223 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse PAX AETERNA AVG (eternal peace of the emperor), Pax standing facing, head left, branch in right hand, long scepter vertical in left; scarce; $65.00 (59.80)


Lot 20 Roman Provincial Coins from Parium, Mysia, 3rd Century A.D.

|Parium|, |Lot| |20| |Roman| |Provincial| |Coins| |from| |Parium,| |Mysia,| |3rd| |Century| |A.D.|, |Lot|
Mostly or all Caracalla with Capricorn (9), wolf suckling wins (3), Genius sacrificing (8) reverses.
LT96128. Bronze Lot, Lot 20 Roman provincial coins from Parium, Mysia, mostly or all Caracalla, 198 - 217 A.D., c. 21 - 23 mm, aVF or better, unattributed to type, no tags or flips, actual coins in the photograph, as-is, no returns; $700.00 SALE |PRICE| $630.00


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

|Septimius| |Severus|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.|, |denarius|
In 198 A.D. Septimius Severus' oldest son Caracalla was made Augustus and his youngest son Geta received the title of Caesar.
RS93235. Silver denarius, RIC IV 120c; RSC III 694; BMCRE V p. 62, 259; Hunter III 27; cf. SRCV 6370 (obv. leg., Laodicea), aEF, superb portrait portrait, light tone, coppery areas, edge splits, weight 2.236 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 197 - 198 A.D.; obverse L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP X, laureate head right; reverse VICT AVGG COS II P P, Victory walking left, wreath in right hand, palm frond in left hand; $140.00 SALE |PRICE| $126.00


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

|Septimius| |Severus|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.|, |as|
The as is a rare denomination for Septimius Severus.
RB95801. Copper as, RIC IV 805, BMCRE V 200, Cohen IV 545, Hunter III -, VF, nice green patina, nice style, tight flan, light encrustations, part of legends weak, small edge split, weight 11.403 g, maximum diameter 26.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 210 A.D.; obverse SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse P M TR P XVIII COS III P P, Victory standing right, holding vexillum transversely in both hand, flanked by seated at feet on each side, S - C across field below center; Roma Numismatics sale 68 (27 Feb 2020) lot 1091; ex European Collection; scarce; $240.00 SALE |PRICE| $216.00


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

|Septimius| |Severus|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.|, |as|
The title of Dii Auspices (the gods-protectors) was given to the deities in general, and to each of them in particular, acknowledging their special protection, and sacrifices were offered to them accordingly. This legend and type help confirm what Dion states, that Severus built a grand temple to honor Hercules and Bacchus. When Septimius Severus advanced into the East against Pescennius Niger, he chose Hercules and Bacchus as his patrons, probably because ancient traditions designated the two as the first conquerors of that region.
RB95802. Copper as, RIC IV 666, BMCRE V 501, Cohen IV 117, Hunter III -, VF, nice coin, attractive brown-green patina, excellent portrait and reverse style, tight flan, areas of porosity, weight 11.884 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 194 A.D.; obverse L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP II, laureate head right; reverse DIS AVSPICIB TR P II COS II P P, Hercules and Bacchus (Liber) standing slightly left, side by side, nude, heads left, Hercules with the Nemean Lion's skin on his left arm and resting his right hand on his grounded club, Bacchus holds a cantharus in his right hand and rests his left on a thyrsus, a panther sits left at his feet, S C in exergue; ex Leu Numismatik web auction 8 (29-30 Jun 2019), lot 1180; ex Kress sale 116 (28 Oct 1960), lot 959; rare; $700.00 SALE |PRICE| $630.00


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Pellene, Peloponnesos, Greece

|Peloponnesos|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.,| |Pellene,| |Peloponnesos,| |Greece|, |diassarion|
Pellene sided with Sparta in the Peloponnesian War, then joined the Achaean League until that League was dissolved by Alexander the Great. In the fourth century it was ruled for some time by a tyrant. In the third century, Pellene was garrisoned by the Aetolian League until the garrison was expelled by Aratus of Sicyon and the Achaeans in the 240s B.C. Pellene then joined the revived Achaean League until the League was incorporated into the Roman Empire in 146 B.C.
SH95334. Bronze diassarion, BCD Peloponnesos 607; BMC Peloponnesus p. 32, 15; Imhoof-Blumer NCP p. 92 (pl. S, XI); SNG Cop -, Dura -, aF, brown patina, legends obscure, weight 3.930 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 180o, Pellene mint, c. 198 - 205 A.D.; obverse L CEΠ CEV EPROC ΠE, laureate head right; reverse ΠEΛΛHNEΩN, Dionysus Lampter standing left, nude, pouring from kantharos in right hand, filleted thyrsus in left hand; ex J. S. Wagner Collection; very rare; $200.00 SALE |PRICE| $180.00


Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., Antiocheia, Pisidia

|Pisidia|, |Severus| |Alexander,| |13| |March| |222| |-| |March| |235| |A.D.,| |Antiocheia,| |Pisidia|, |AE| |34|
Paul of Tarsus gave his first sermon to the Gentiles (Acts 13:13-52) at Antiochia in Pisidia, and visited the city once on each of his missionary journeys, helping to make Antioch a center of early Christianity in Anatolia. Antioch in Pisidia is also known as Antiochia Caesareia and Antiochia in Phrygia.
RP92553. Bronze AE 34, Krzyzanowska p. 175, X/-; SNG BnF 1186; SNG Cop 55; SNGvA 4948; SNG Pfalz 81; SNG Leypold 2002; BMC Lycia p. 186, 63, F, well centered, obverse legend weak / part unstruck, highlighting earthen deposits on the reverse, weight 23.03 g, maximum diameter 33.5 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch in Pisidia (Yalvac, Turkey) mint, 222 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES SEVER ALEXANDER, laureate head right; reverse COL CAES ANTIOCH, she-wolf right suckling the twins Romulus and Remus, fig tree behind, S R (Senatus Romanum) in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00











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