Struck 230 AD, Issue 11
IMP SEV ALEXANDER AVG, Head of Severus Alexander, laureate, facing right, slight drapery on left shoulder
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
32.81mm, 23.9g, 12h
Choice gVF, dark green patina
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)
Pedigreed coin, from the Dr. Neussel collection dating back to 1957.
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'.