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Collection Roman Collection
Catalog Number 2015.7.56
Object Name Coin
Description Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR denarius. Struck during the reign of emperor Septemius Severus (Lucius Septimius Severus Augustus), 197 C.E. The laureate head of Septimius Severus faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP VIIII". Obverse is slightly off struck, rendering the inscriptions on the left side of coin illegible. On reverse, the standing figure of Genius (the individual instance of a general divine nature that is present in every individual person, place, or thing) faces left and sacrifices a patera over and altar to his left with his right hand and holds corn ears with his left hand with the inscriptions "P M TR P V COS II P P" surrounding image.
Date: 197 C.E.

Remarks: The fifth emperor to rule in 193 C.E., Year of the Five Emperors. Born in 146 C.E. at Leptis Magna in Africa, Severus was a soldier of outstanding quality, holding a series of increasingly important commands until, at the death of Commodus, he was governor of Upper Pannonia. He survived or disposed of the four other contenders to the throne, and much of his reign was spent campaigning in different parts of the Empire while also visiting many of the provinces. In 208 C.E. he went to Britain and repaired Hadrian's Wall, which had been partly destroyed, and invaded Caledonia (but without much success) leading to his death at York on February 4th, 211 C.E. Septimius Severus' coins were minted in Rome and Laodiceia ad Mare, and possibly Caesarea, Emesa, and Alexandria.

Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2002 (Vol II). I could not find an exact match for Sear #. Similar to #6335, pg 463.
Title Septimius Severus
Date 197 CE
Material Silver
Dimensions Dia-0.625 inches
Credit line Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas
Subjects Roman Empire
Ancient Rome