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Catalog:Coins:Roman: stock #1353315

Emesa Mint; 194-195 CE

Obverse: IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG COS II. Head, laureate facing right.

Reverse: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI. Septimius Severus on horseback pacing left, holding spear.

Very Fine condition.

Diameter: 17.4 mm; Weight: 3.02g

Reference: RIC IV-A, 415

Certificate of Authenticity Included.

Ships from the United States.


Septimius Severus was born in 145/146 CE in what is modern day Libya to a well-established Roman family. He entered public service from an early age and rose to the rank of Consul in 190 CE. Prior to this appointment he married a Syrian noblewoman named Julia Domna in 187/188 CE. By all accounts this marriage was a happy one with Julia Domna being a trusted adviser to Severus. This marriage produced two sons, Caracalla (born in 188 CE) and Geta (born 189 CE). In 193 CE, Septimius Severus rose to the role of Emperor during the tumultuous “Year of Five Emperors”. After the assassination of the insane Commodus, Pertinax was appointed emperor only to be assassinated in short order by the Praetorian Guard. Septimius Severus, meanwhile, was appointed Emperor of Rome by his troops on April 13th, 193 CE. He successfully marched on the city, subdued other contenders for the throne and proceeded to disband the Praetorian Guard. Following this he presented himself as the avenger of Pertinax and the successor of Marcus Aurelius, thereby making him the rightful heir to Rome. Septimius Severus ruled solely from 193-198 CE when he appointed his son Caracalla his co-ruler and heir. He raised his other son, Geta, to the role of Augustus as well in 209 CE. Severus died in 211 CE in what is now York, England leaving his sons to inherit the empire.
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