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bpv_570156 - SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS Assarion

95.00 €(Approx. 101.65$ | 81.70£)
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Type : Assarion
Date: c. 200
Mint name / Town : Philippopolis, Thrace
Metal : copper
Diameter : 18,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,35 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale bien centré. Belle tête de Septime Sévère. Joli revers de style fin. Patine verte
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Tête laurée de Septime Sévère à droite (O*).
Obverse legend : AU K L SEP - SHUHROS (Shuhros).
Obverse translation : L’empereur césar Lucius Septime Sévère).


Reverse description : Homonoia (Aequitas) drapée debout à gauche, tenant une phiale de la main droite au dessus d’un autel allumé et une corne d’abondance de la main gauche.
Reverse legend : FILIPPOP-OL(EI)TWN, (Filippopoleitwn).
Reverse translation : (de Philippolis).


Même coin de droit que l’exemplaire reproduit dans l’ouvrage de Varbonov III, p. 149, n° 1297.

Historical background



Septimius Severus was born in 146 in Leptis Magna in Africa (Libya). After a brilliant military career under the reigns of Marc Aurèle and Commodus, he was consul suffect in 185. At the time of Pertinax's death, he was governor of Upper Pannonia. Acclaimed emperor on April 13, 193, he quickly eliminated Dide Julien, his compatriot (June 28), and associated Albin with power as Caesar before fighting Pescennius Niger in the East. In 195, he fictitiously entered the Antonine family by being adopted post-mortem. He defeats and executes Niger and leads a brilliant campaign in Arabia. In 197, he got rid of his last adversary, Albin, who proclaimed himself august. Severus prepares the establishment of his dynasty by giving the title of Augusta to Julia, his wife, in 194, of Caesar to Caracalla, in 196, then of Augustus in 198 when Geta, his second son, becomes Caesar. Sévère will spend fifteen years consolidating the borders of the Empire by winning numerous victories over the Parthians (197-198), then in Africa (207) and, finally in Brittany (208-211), where he died..

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