Otacilia Severa, Sestertius, Pietas, 244-249 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Otacilia Severa
City/Region:
Rome
Denomination:
Sestertius
Composition:
Orichalcum
Date:
244-249 AD
Obverse:
MARCIA OTACIL SEVERA AVG, Diademed draped bust right
Reverse:
PIETAS AVGSTAE, Pietas standing slightly left, head facing left, raising right hand, box of perfume in left hand; S-C below left and right
Size:
29.5mm, 14.92g, 11h
Grade:
Choice gVF, bold portrait, high relief, attractive green patina, double-struck reverse, well centred
Provenance:
ex Forvm Ancient Coins (March 2017)
References:
RIC IV 208a; Cohen V 46; Hunter III 23; SRCV III 9168

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Marcia Otacilia Severa was the wife of Emperor Marcus Julius Philippus. During their reign, Otacilia and her husband were tolerant of Christians, effectively bringing an end to their persecutions by the Romans. Pietas was one of the ancient Roman virtues.