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Severus Alexander, 222-235 AD, AE Sestertius, Mars, struck 232 AD

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Origin: Rome mint
Authority: Severus Alexander
Denomination: AE Sestertius
Composition: Orichalcum
Date: Struck 232 AD, Issue 15
Obverse: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, Bust of Severus Alexander, seen from the front, bearded, laureate, draped and cuirassed, facing right
Reverse: 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
Size: 30.24mm, 19.8g, 12h
Grade: VF, boldly struck, slight die shift, well centred, attractive dark-green patina
Provenance: Ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 410 (29 November 2017), Lot 1083 (part of)
References: BMCRE VI 847; RIC IV 635d; Cohen IV 169; Banti 49; SRCV II 7979
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. 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.
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