IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG, Laureate, draped, bust of Severus Alexander facing right
P M TR P V-COS II P P, Severus Alexander, laureate, togate, standing front, head left, sacrificing out of patera in right hand over lighted tripod left, and holding scroll in left hand at side
18mm, 2.7g, 12h
gVF, light golden toning
BMC 373; RIC 55; Sear 7899; RSC 289
Severus Alexander was Roman Emperor from 222 to 235. He was the last emperor of the Severan dynasty. His death marked the beginning of the Crisis of the Third Century, during which the Roman Empire would almost crumble. He was assassinated in 235 by mutinous soldiers paving the way for Maximus to become Roman Emperor.