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Roman Coins from the Year of Five Emperors

Pescennius Niger, April to 1 June 193 - March, April or May 194 A.D., Ancient Counterfeit

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Pescennius Niger was declared emperor by his troops after the murder of Pertinax. Septimius Severus, after consolidating his own forces and taking Rome, marched upon Niger and defeated him three times. After a fourth in a final defeat at Issus, Niger fled towards Parthia but was overtaken and executed.
RS84163. Fouree silver plated denarius, cf. RIC IV 70c (solid silver, official, Antioch mint), Fair, pierced, weight 2.194 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, unofficial counterfeiter mint, obverse IMP CAE PESC NIGER IVST AV (or similar), laureate head right; reverse ROMAE AETERNAE (to eternal Rome), Roma seated left on throne, wearing in military attire, Victory in right hand, spear vertical behind in left, round shield behind resting at base of spear; $215.00 (Ä191.35)

Clodius Albinus, Late 195 or Early 196 - 19 February 197 A.D.

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Fortuna was the goddess of luck, fortune, and fate. She might bring good luck, or bad. This coin was dedicated to Fortuna Reduci in the hope that she would help Clodius Albinus safely return to Rome. Apparently she wasn't impressed. Despite being caesar and consul when this coin was struck, Clodius remained in Britain. In 195 A.D., after consolidating his position, Septimius declared Clodius a public enemy. After Clodius was defeated in 197 A.D., his body, along with the bodies of his wife and children, were thrown into the Rhone at Lugdunum. Only his head returned to Rome - sent as a warning to others who might oppose Septimius.
RB77426. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 53a (R), Cayůn III 17, BMCRE V 533, Cohen III 34, SRCV II 6150, Hunter II - (p. xliii), aF, weight 17.522 g, maximum diameter 27.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 194 - 195A.D.; obverse D CL SEPT ALBIN CAES, bare head right; reverse FORT REDVCI COS II, Fortuna seated left, holding tiller of rudder set on globe with right hand, cornucopia in left hand, wheel under seat, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; rare; $160.00 (Ä142.40)

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Year of 5 Emperors