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Emesa, Syria

Emesa, an important city of Syria rose even further under Septimius Severus since his wife Julia Doman originated from this city. The bulk of the coinage consists in denarii struck for the above couple (193 - 211), plus the very rare issues of the usurper Uranius Antoninus (253 - 254). The extremely rare coinage of queen Zenobia (272) might have been struck at Emesa as well.


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

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The crescent with horns up may represent a solar eclipse.
RS85796. Silver denarius, RIC IV 417 (S); RSC III 628a; BMCRE V p. 97, 390; Hunter III 182; SRCV II 6361, aVF, well centered, toned, soft strike, small edge cracks, weight 2.268 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 0o, Emesa (Homs, Syria) mint, 194 - 195 A.D.; obverse IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG COS II, laureate head right; reverse SAECVL FELICIT (age of good fortune), seven stars above and within a crescent with horns up; scarce; $120.00 (Ä102.00) ON RESERVE


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

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Bonus Eventus, the god of good outcomes, was originally worshiped by the Romans as a deity especially presiding over agriculture and successful harvests. During the Imperial era, he was associated with other types of success. The epithet Bonus, "the Good," is used with other abstract deities such as Bona Fortuna ("Good Fortune"), Bona Mens ("Good Thinking" or "Sound Mind"), and Bona Spes ("Good Hope," perhaps to be translated as "optimism"), as well as with the mysterious and multivalent Bona Dea, a goddess whose rites were celebrated by women.
RS76958. Silver denarius, SRCV II 6267, RIC IV 369, RSC III 68, BMCRE V 343, VF, excellent eastern style portrait, some light corrosion, weight 2.130 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, Emesa (Homs, Syria) mint, 194 A.D.; obverse IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG COS II, laureate head right; reverse BONI EVENTVS, Bonus Eventus standing left, basket of fruit in right, two heads of grain in left; $110.00 (Ä93.50)


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

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Fortuna Redux, one of the many aspects of Fortuna, was in charge of bringing people home safely, primarily from wars - redux means "coming back" or "returning." She may be one of the later aspects of Fortuna, as the earliest mention of her is on an altar dedicated by the Senate in 19 B.C. for the safe return of Emperor Augustus.
RS77363. Silver denarius, RIC IV 377 (S); RSC III 174a; Hunter III 178; BMCRE p. 92, 352; SRCV II -, aVF, nice exotic Emesa style, porous, weight 3.029 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 180o, Emesa (Homs, Syria) mint, 194 - 195 A.D.; obverse IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG COS II, laureate head right; reverse FORTVN REDVC, Fortuna standing facing, head left, kalathos on head, rudder held by tiller in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; scarce; $45.00 (Ä38.25)







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