Struck 232 AD, Issue 15
IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, Bust of Severus Alexander, seen from the front, bearded, laureate, draped and cuirassed, facing right
MARS - VLTOR, Mars helmeted, in military dress, running right, holding transverse spear up right in right hand and shield on left arm; S C left and right, in field
31.35mm, 21.5g, 2h
Choice gVF, irregular flan, boldly struck, well centred, attractive dark-green patina
Ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 410 (29 November 2017), Lot 1083 (part of)
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. This coin was issued late into his reign by which stage he had developed a fully grown beard. The reverse legend, MARS VLTOR, translates to 'Mars the Avenger' the cult of which was earlier established by the Roman Emperor Augustus.