SEVERVS PIVS AVG, Head of Septimius, laureate, bearded, right
P M TR P XVIII COS III P P, Neptune, naked except for cloak over left shoulder and right arm, standing front, head left, right foot set on rock, right knee bent, resting right hand on right knee and holding vertical trident in left hand
19.20mm, 1.8g, 6h
aVF, toned, small flan crack
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.