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Denarius of Septimius Severus

Peter Vernon sent in the images of this find on behalf of Tony Phillips, who wanted to know what it might be worth.

The find is a quite attractive denarius of Septimius Severus, whose dates are AD 193 to 211. He came to power after defeating rivals for the top job in Rome. In AD 208 he came to Britain in order to supress unruly elements in Caledonia. However, a campaign in the North led to minimal gains and Severus died at York early in 211.

On the obverse of this denarius is the laureate head of the emperor and a legend reading SEVERVS PIVS AVG. On the reverse, holding a rudder and a cornucopia, is the seated figure of Fortuna facing left. In volume II of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values the type is listed as number 6334. It was struck at Rome during AD 203.


The coin has a few small striking cracks in the edge but is otherwise in VF condition and is nicely toned. It’s not a scarce type and a retail price on a similar example would be £50 – £60.

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