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E-auction 86-43754 - SEVERUS ALEXANDER Sesterce

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Estimate : 175 €
Price : 47 €
Maximum bid : 210 €
End of the sale : 08 December 2014 15:29:00
bidders : 7 bidders
Type : Sesterce
Date: 232
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : copper
Diameter : 30,00 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 19,90 g.
Officine: 5e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan irrégulier, éclaté à 4 heures au droit, néanmoins bien centré des deux côtés. Beau portrait idéalisé de l’empereur avec un buste “héroïque”. Joli revers servi par une magnifique patine vert d’eau
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Obverse legend : IMP ALEXAN-DER PIVS AVG.
Obverse description : Buste lauré d'Alexandre Sévère à droite avec pan de paludamentum sur l'épaule gauche (O*2).
Obverse translation : "Imperator Alexander Pius Augustus", (L’empereur Alexandre pieux auguste).


Reverse legend : PROVIDENTIA AVG// S|C.
Reverse description : Providentia (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).


Poids très léger. Rubans de type 1. Le pan de paludamentum se retrouve de chaque côté du buste et du cou.

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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