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Severus Alexander, 222-235 AD, AE Sestertius, Emperor in Military Dress, struck 230 AD

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Information: Pedigreed coin, from the Dr. Neussel collection dating back to 1957.
Origin: Rome mint
Authority: Severus Alexander
Denomination: AE Sestertius
Composition: Orichalcum
Date: Struck 230 AD, Issue 11
Obverse: IMP SEV ALEXANDER AVG, Head of Severus Alexander, laureate, facing right, slight drapery on left shoulder
Reverse: VIRTVS-AVGVSTI, Severus Alexander, in military dress, standing left, right foot on helmet, holding globe in right hand and vertical spear, reversed in left; S-C left and right in field
Size: 32.81mm, 23.9g, 12h
Grade: Choice gVF, dark green patina
Provenance: Pedigreed. From the Dr. Neussel collection (no. 1118) with his coin flip insert, ex Dr. Busso Peus Nachf Auction 420 (1 November 2017), Lot 420; ex Dr. Busso Peus (January 1957)
References: BMCRE VI 650-652; RIC IV 627; Banti 173; SRCV II 8024; Cohen IV 592 var. (no drapery)
General: Severus Alexander was Roman Emperor from 222 to 235 AD. 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 AD by mutinous soldiers paving the way for Maximus to become Roman Emperor. The reverse legend, VIRTVS AVG, translates as 'valour of the Emperor'.
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