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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

Pertinax, 31 December 192 - 28 March 193 A.D.

|Pertinax|, |Pertinax,| |31| |December| |192| |-| |28| |March| |193| |A.D.||denarius|NEW
Providentia is the personification of the ability to foresee and to make provision for the future. This ability was considered essential for the emperor and providentia was among the embodiments of virtues that were part of the imperial cult. Cicero said that providentia, memoria (memory) and intellegentia (understanding) are the three main components of prudentia, the knowledge what is good or bad or neither.
SH99925. Silver denarius, RIC IV 10A (R2); BMCRE V p. 3, 10 (note); RSC III 40; Hunter III -; SRCV II -, gF, centered on a tight flan, light toning, scratches, small edge cracks, weight 2.739 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 1 Jan - 28 Mar 193 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES P HELV PERTIN AVG, laureate head right; reverse PROVID DEOR COS II (to the foresight of the gods, consul for the second time), Providentia standing left, raising both hands toward a star upper left; First example of this type handled by Forum.; very rare; $700.00 SALE PRICE $630.00


Clodius Albinus, Late 195 or Early 196 - 19 February 197 A.D., Possibly an Ancient Counterfeit

|Clodius| |Albinus|, |Clodius| |Albinus,| |Late| |195| |or| |Early| |196| |-| |19| |February| |197| |A.D.,| |Possibly| |an| |Ancient| |Counterfeit||denarius|NEW
This coin may be a fourree, an unofficial ancient plated counterfeit. Although the style appears official and there is no exposed darker bronze core, these types of lamination defects are most often the result of corrosion within a base core that pushes up silver plating.
RS110099. Silver denarius, cf. RIC IV 4 (R) corr. (D CL SEPT ALBIN CAES only); RSC III 15; BMCRE V 91; SRCV II 6141; Hunter III p. 8, 4 var. (obv. leg. SEP ALBIN), VF, toned, scratches, tight flan, lamination defects, weight 2.642 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome or counterfeiter's mint, as caesar, 194 - 195 A.D.; obverse D CLOD SEPT ALBIN CAES, bare head right; reverse FELICITAS COS II, Felicitas standing slightly left, head left, short caduceus in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand; from the Shawn Caza Collection, ex Kunst-und Antikmarkt Am Hof (Vienna, Austria); rare; $160.00 (166.40)










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