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E-auction 265-186904 - brm_305040 - SEVERUS ALEXANDER Denier

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Estimate : 125 €
Price : 56 €
Maximum bid : 71 €
End of the sale : 14 May 2018 14:10:30
bidders : 6 bidders
Type : Denier
Date: 231
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 500 ‰
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 3,27 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 1e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan ovale, légèrement décentré avec les grènetis visibles. Beau portrait d’Alexandre Sévère. Revers de haut relief de style fin. Patine grise avec des reflets dorés
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Obverse legend : IMP SEV ALE-XAND AVG.
Obverse description : Tête laurée d'Alexandre Sévère à droite, avec pan de paludamentum sur l'épaule gauche (O*2).
Obverse translation : “Imperator Severus Alexander Augustus”, (L’empereur Sévère Alexandre auguste).


Reverse legend : ANNONA AVG.
Reverse description : Annona (l'Annone) debout à gauche, tenant de la main droite deux épis et une ancre de la gauche ; à ses pieds, un modius rempli d'épis.
Reverse translation : “Annona Augusti”, (L'Annone de l’auguste).


Rubans de type 1. Le paludamentum est visible de chaque côté du cou.

Historical background




Alexander Severus, whose real name is Gessius Bassianus Alexianus, was born in 208 in Caesarea in Phenicia. He is the son of Julia Mamée and Gessius Marcianus, a procurator of Syrian origin. He is also the grandson of Julia Maésa, sister of Julia Domna, wife of Septimius Severus, mother of Caracalla and Géta. He was adopted by his cousin Elagabalus on May 10, 221. When the latter was assassinated on March 13, 222, Alexander Severus was chosen to succeed him. He remains under the influence of his mother until the end of her reign. In 225, he married Orbiane who would soon be relegated. From 231, the borders of the Empire are threatened. It was first an expedition against the new Sassanid monarch Ardashir which ended with a truce in 233, the emperor having to go to the Rhine limes which the Germans had crossed. The emperor and his mother were assassinated in 235.

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