circa 200-201 AD
SEVERVS AVG PART MAX, Head of Septimius, laureate, right, bearded
RESTITVTOR VRBIS, Septimius, laureate, in military dress, with cloak hanging over left shoulder, standing front, head left, sacrificing out of patera in right hand over lighted tripod, left, and holding spear, nearly vertical, reversed in left
18.47mm, 1.6g, 6h
gVF, toned, rough surfaces on reverse
The obverse legend 'PART MAX', short for Parthicus Maximus, denotes Severus's victory over the Parthians
Restitvtor Vrbis ('Restititor Urbis'), meaning 'Restorer of Rome' symbolises the rebuilding by Septimius of his capital. Septimius Severus, became Roman Emperor in 193 AD after the death of Emperor Pertinax during the Year of the Five Emperors. During his reign he successfully consolidated Rome's power and wagered successful campaigns against the Parthian Empire, and in Africa and Mauritania. After falling ill and dying in 211 AD, he was succeeded by his sons, forming what is now referred to as the Severan Dynasty.