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E-auction 4-592 - bpv_115530 - SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS Drachme

SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS Drachme XF
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Estimate : 105 €
Price : 54 €
Maximum bid : 55 €
End of the sale : 15 April 2013 17:16:30
bidders : 6 bidders
Type : Drachme
Date: an 2
Mint name / Town : Césarée, Cappadoce
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 500 ‰
Diameter : 18,50 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 3,05 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Bel exemplaire pour ce monnayage souvent fruste. Une patine grise recouvre l’ensemble de l’exemplaire
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de MONNAIES VIII, 16 juin 2000, n° 280

Obverse


Obverse description : Tête laurée de Septime Sévère à droite (O*).
Obverse legend : AU L SEP - SEOUHROS AU, (Autokratoros Lukios Septimios Seuhros).
Obverse translation : (L'empereur Lucius Septime Sévère auguste).

Reverse


Reverse description : Victoria (La Victoire) marchant à gauche, tenant une couronne de la main droite et une palme de la main gauche ; dans le champ ET - R (sic!).
Reverse legend : MHTRO-P-O KAISAR NEw.
Reverse translation : (Ville de Césarée).

Commentary


L'exemplaire décrit dans l'ouvrage de Sydenham provient de sa collection (n° 164).

Historical background


SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS

(13/04/193-4/02/211)

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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