Septimius Severus, 193-211 AD, AR Denarius, Emperor Sacrificing, struck c. 200-201 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Septimius Severus
City/Region:
Rome nint
Denomination:
AR Denarius
Composition:
Silver
Date:
circa 200-201 AD
Obverse:
SEVERVS AVG PART MAX, Head of Septimius, laureate, right, bearded
Reverse:
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
Size:
18.47mm, 1.6g, 6h
Grade:
gVF, toned, rough surfaces on reverse
References:
BMCRE V 202-207; RIC IV 167a; Cohen IV 599; RSC III 599; SRCV II 6357

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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.