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Severina, Augusta spring 274 - November 275 A.D.

Severina was the wife of Aurelian. She was possibly the only Roman empress ever to rule in her own right, which she did during the interregnum after her husband's murder.

|Severina|, |Severina,| |Augusta| |Spring| |274| |-| |November| |275| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Aurelian|, |antoninianus|
One of the most attractive Severina antoninianus we have seen.
SH11067. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 1796 (48 spec.), BnF XII 181 - 182, Venra 1082 ff., Maravielle 89, Mazzini 3, Tattershall Thorpe 326, RIC V-1 3, SRCV III 11704, Cohen VI 3, superb EF, weight 3.580 g, maximum diameter 23.2 mm, die axis 180o, 6th officina, Rome mint, issue 10, end 274 A.D.; obverse SEVERINA AVG, draped bust right, wearing stephane, crescent behind shoulders; reverse CONCORDIA AVGG (harmony between the emperor and empress), Severina (on left) and Aurelian (togate, holding scepter) standing confronted, clasping hands, SXXIR in exergue; SOLD


|Severina|, |Severina,| |Augusta| |Spring| |274| |-| |November| |275| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Aurelian|, |antoninianus|
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.
SH43297. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 1348 (17 spec.), Bastien 10, BnF XII 14, Sainte-Pallaye 2746, Gloucester 64 - 65, RIC V-1 1 var. (dots in mintmark), Cohen VI 5, SRCV III -, aEF, weight 4.266 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 15o, 4th officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 4th issue, mid 275 A.D.; obverse SEVERINA AVG, draped bust right, wearing stephane, crescent behind shoulders; reverse CONCORD MILIT (harmony with the soldiers), Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, DL in exergue; rare; SOLD


|Severina|, |Severina,| |Augusta| |Spring| |274| |-| |November| |275| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Aurelian|, |antoninianus|
Severina probably married Aurelian before he became emperor in 270. They had a daughter. According to her coinage, she gained the title Augusta in the autumn of 274, though she may have had the title earlier. She also received the titles Pia (pious) and mater castrorum et senatus et patriae (mother of the barracks (armies), senate, and country). 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 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.
SH32651. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 1796 (48 spec.), BnF XII 181 - 182, Venra 1082 - 1101, Maravielle 89, Mazzini 3, Tattershall Thorpe 326, RIC V- 3, SRCV III 11704, Cohen VI 3, EF, well centered, silvering, some legend weak, weight 4.127 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 180o, 6th officina, Rome mint, issue 10, end 274 A.D.; obverse SEVERINA AVG, draped bust right, wearing stephane, crescent behind shoulders; reverse CONCORDIA AVGG (harmony between the emperor and empress), Severina and Aurelian (togate, holding scepter) clasping hands, SXXIR in exergue; sharp, incredibly high relief obverse, much silvering remaining; SOLD







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