Severus Alexander, 222-235 AD, AR Denarius, Mars, struck 227 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Severus Alexander
City/Region:
Rome mint
Denomination:
AR Denarius
Composition:
Silver
Date:
227 AD
Obverse:
IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG, Laureate, draped, bust of Severus Alexander facing right
Reverse:
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
Size:
20.70mm, 2.6g, 12h
Grade:
gVF, wide flan, worn reverse die, reverse slightly off-centre, toned granular surfaces
References:
RIC IV 61; BMCRE VI 409; Cohen IV 305; RSC IV 305; SRCV II -

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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.