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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 198.
Obv: L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: VICT PARTHICAE, Victory advancing left holding wreath and trophy, captive before.
About Very Fine   |   AUD $90.00
Coin image Septimius Severus
Silver denarius issued AD 198.
Obv: L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: ANNONAE AVGG, Annona standing foot on prow holding corn ears and cornucopiae.
Very Fine   |   AUD $100.00
Coin image Septimius Severus
Silver denarius issued AD 202.
Obv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: PART MAX PM TRP X, Trophy between two seated captives.
Very Fine   |   AUD $100.00
Coin image Septimius Severus
Silver denarius issued AD 205.
Obv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: PM TRP XIII COS III PP, Roma standing left holding Victory and spear.
Very Fine   |   AUD $100.00
Coin image Septimius Severus
Silver denarius issued AD 199.
Obv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: PM TRP XI COS III PP, Fortuna enthroned left holding rudder and cornucopiae.
Good Very Fine   |   AUD $110.00
Coin image Septimius Severus
Silver denarius issued AD 207.
Obv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: RESTITVTOR VRBIS, Roma seated left holding Palladium and sceptre, shield at side.
Very Fine   |   AUD $110.00
Coin image Septimius Severus
Silver denarius issued AD 210.
Obv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: PM TRP XVIII COS IIII PP, Jupiter standing between two children holding thunderbolt and sceptre.
Nice Very Fine   |   AUD $120.00
Coin image Septimius Severus
Silver denarius issued AD 198-200.
Obv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: COS III PP, Victory advancing left holding wreath.
Very Fine-Extremely Fine   |   AUD $140.00
Coin image Septimius Severus
Silver denarius issued AD 207.
Obv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG, Laureate head.
Rev: PM TRP XV COS III PP, Victory standing right, foot on helmet, inscribing shield attached to palm tree.
Very Fine-Extremely Fine   |   AUD $140.00
Coin image Septimius Severus
Silver denarius issued AD 205.
Obv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: PM TRP XIII COS III PP, Roma standing holding Victory and spear.
Nearly Extremely Fine   |   AUD $150.00
Coin image Septimius Severus
Silver denarius issued AD 207.
Obv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: PM TRP XV COS III PP, Trophy between seated captive on left and standing captive on right.
Good Very Fine   |   AUD $180.00