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bpv_570340 - SEVERUS ALEXANDER Assarion

85.00 €(Approx. 96.05$ | 71.40£)
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Type : Assarion
Date: c. 222-235
Mint name / Town : Phocée, Ionie
Metal : copper
Diameter : 18,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 2,72 g.
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan bien centré à l’usure régulière. Jolie patine vert clair, légèrement granuleuse
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Buste tourelé et drapé de Phocée à droite.
Obverse legend : FW-KEA.


Reverse description : Chien à droite mordant un dauphin.
Reverse legend : FOKAIE/WN.
Reverse translation : (de Phocée).


Ce type restait sans explication dans la seconde édition de l’HN de B. Head en 1911.

Historical background


(10/05/221-22/03/235) Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexander

August (13/03/222-22/02/235)

Alexander Severus, whose real name Gessius Alexianus Bassianus, was born in 208 at Caesarea Phoenicia. He is the son of Julia and Mamee Gessius Marcianus, a Syrian-born procurator. It is also the grand-son of Julia Maesa, sister of Julia Domna, wife of Septimius Severus, mother of Caracalla and Geta. He was adopted by his cousin Elagabalus 10 May 221. When the latter was assassinated on March 13 222, it was Alexander Severus, who was chosen to succeed him. It remains under the influence of her mother until the end of his reign. Ulpian was appointed prefect of the praetorium, but it will unfortunately killed by soldiers in 223. In 225 he married Orbiane soon to be relegated. From 231, the borders of the Empire are threatened. It is primarily an expedition against the new Sassanid monarch Ardashir which ended in a truce in 233, the emperor to visit the Rhine limes that the Germans crossed. The emperor and his mother were murdered in 235.

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