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brm_608895 - SEVERUS ALEXANDER Sesterce

SEVERUS ALEXANDER  Sesterce VF/VF
95.00 €(Approx. 102.60$ | 79.80£)
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Type : Sesterce
Date: 234
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : copper
Diameter : 28,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 19,05 g.
Officine: 5e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan à l’usure importante, lisible et identifiable. Patine marron
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Obverse


Obverse legend : IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG.
Obverse description : Buste lauré d'Alexandre Sévère à droite drapé sur l'épaule gauche (O*2).
Obverse translation : “Imperator Alexander Pius Augustus”, (L’empereur Alexandre pieux auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : PROVIDENTIA AVG// S|C.
Reverse description : Providentia/Annona (la Providence) debout à gauche, tenant deux épis de la main droite et une corne d'abondance de la main gauche ; à ses pieds, un modius remplis d'épis.
Reverse translation : “Providentia Augusti”, (La Providence de l'empereur).

Commentary


Poids léger. Rubans de type 1. Grand buste héroïque.

Historical background


SEVERUS ALEXANDER

(05/10/221-03/22/235)

Augustus

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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