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Severus Alexander

Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexander
Augustus (AD 222-235)  |  De Imperatoribus Romanis entry

Severus Alexander succeeded his cousin Elegabalus, who was murdered by the Praetorian Guard, in 222 at the age of around 13. His grandmother, Julia Maesa, continued to be the force behind the throne, along with his mother Julia Mamaea. Historians report the boy's reign to be one of sense and moderation, as he was guided by wise counsel, and his Grandmother was eager to avoid the same mistakes that were made in Elagabalus' reign. Severus Alexander, however, was unable to resist his mother's influence and, although reportedly disgusted by her greed and avarice, he never stopped her. He married Sallustia Orbiana in ca 225 but his mother grew jealous of her influence, or supposed influence on Alexander, and she was banished to Africa. Alexander's mild reign was unable to stop the ferocity of the guard, who in 223 murdered their own prefect Ulpian, in front of him. Severus Alexander successfully fought off an attack by the new Sassanid empire, but while facing a German attack on the northern frontiers, the army, proposing a Thracian peasant Maximinus as the new Emperor, murdered Alexander and his mother in 235 AD


Obverse Legends on coins depicting Severus Alexander

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Coins of Severus Alexander currently available

Severus Alexander
Silver denarius issued AD 224.
Obv: IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG, Laureate, draped bust facing right.
Rev: PM TRP III COS PP, Pax standing holding branch and sceptre.<
Nearly Extremely Fine   |   AUD $100.00
Severus Alexander
Silver denarius issued AD 232.
Obv: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust facing right.
Rev: IOVI PROPVGNATORI, Jupiter holding thunderbolt in his right hand and an eagle in his left hand.<
Good Very Fine   |   AUD $140.00