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bpv_881174 - SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS Assarion

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Type : Assarion
Date: c. 193-211
Mint name / Town : Nicopolis ad Istrum, Mésie Inférieure
Metal : copper
Diameter : 17 mm
Orientation dies : 7 h.
Weight : 3,07 g.
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Joli portrait. Revers à l’usure régulière. Patine foncée
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Obverse description : Tête laurée de Septime Sévère à droite (O*).
Obverse legend : AU KAI SHUHROS, (Autokrator Kaisar Shuhros.
Obverse translation : (L’empereur césar Septime Sévère).


Reverse description : Dionysos (Bacchus) nu debout à gauche, tenant une grappe de raisin de la main droite et un thyrse de la main gauche.
Reverse legend : NIKOPOL PROS IS, (Nikopolitwn Pros Istron).
Reverse translation : (de Nicopolis près de l’Istrus, Danube).


Rubans de type 2.

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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