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Septimius Severus

L. Septimius Severus
Augustus (AD 193-211)  |  De Imperatoribus Romanis entry

Septimius Severus, as Governor of Pannonia, was the eventual victor in the civil war that followed the end of the Antonine Dynasty in AD 192. He hailed from Africa and his wife, Julia Domna, came from a local noble family of Syria. Septimius Severus successfully recovered the province of Mesopotamia for the Empire, and was on campaign when in Britain when he died, in AD 211, leaving the empire to his two sons, Caracalla and Geta. Severus' major policy as emperor was the appeasement of the armies by granting them huge bonuses throughout his reign. He removed the threat of the Praetorian Guard by posting a Legion in Italy itself


Obverse Legends on coins depicting Septimius Severus

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Coins of Septimius Severus currently available

Coin image Septimius Severus
Silver denarius issued AD 209.
Obv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: LIBERALITAS AVG VI, Liberalitas standing holding abacus and cornucopiae.
Very Fine   |   AUD $120.00
Coin image Septimius Severus
Silver denarius issued AD 194.
Obv: IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG COS II, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: INVICTO IMP, Trophy centre with arms at base.
Very Fine   |   AUD $140.00
Coin image Septimius Severus
Silver denarius issued AD 198-200.
Obv: L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: MONETA AVGG, Moneta seated left holding scales and cornucopiae.
Nice Very Fine   |   AUD $150.00
Coin image Septimius Severus
Silver denarius issued AD 204.
Obv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: VICT PART MAX, Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm.
Good Very Fine   |   AUD $160.00