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Live auction - brm_549796 - SEVERUS ALEXANDER Denier

SEVERUS ALEXANDER  Denier AU/MS
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Estimate : 400 €
Price : 320 €
Maximum bid : 320 €
End of the sale : 29 October 2019 14:51:17
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Denier
Date: 223
Mint name / Town : Antioche
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 500 ‰
Diameter : 17 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 3,30 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie de qualité exceptionnelle pour ce type. Superbe buste juvénile d’Alexandre Sévère ainsi qu’un magnifique revers, finement détaillé. Belle patine grise avec reflets dorés et bleutés
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG.
Obverse description : Buste lauré, drapé et cuirassé d'Alexandre Sévère à droite, vu de trois quarts en arrière (A*2).
Obverse translation : "Imperator Caesar Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexander Augustus" (L’empereur césar Aurèle Sévère Alexandre auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : PONTIF MAX TR P II COS II P P.
Reverse description : Roma (Rome) assise à gauche, tenant une Victoriola de la main droite et une haste de la gauche ; derrière elle, un bouclier.
Reverse translation : "Pontifex Maximus Tribunicia Potestate iterum Consul iterum Pater Patriae" (Grand pontife, revêtu de la deuxième puissance tribunicienne, consul pour la deuxième fois, Père de la Patrie).

Commentary


Rubans de type 3.

Historical background


ALEXANDRE SEVERE

(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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