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Severina, Augusta spring 274 - November 275 A.D.

Severina was the wife of Aurelian. She was possibly the only Roman empress ever to rule in her own right, which she did during the interregnum after her husband's murder.


Severina, Augusta Spring 274 - November 275 A.D., Wife of Aurelian

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There is considerable numismatic evidence Severina ruled in her own right between the death of Aurelian and the election of Tacitus. Sources mention an interregnum, and some of Severina's coins, including this type, appear to have been minted after Aurelian's death. She may have been the only woman to rule over the whole Roman Empire in her own power. The reverse advertises her good relations with the army, an unusual reverse for an empress, and perhaps an indication of her role as sole ruler.
RA91442. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 3193 (19 spec.), RIC V-1 20, BnF XII 1351 - 1352, Bastien-Huvelin 259, SRCV III -, Choice gVF, well centered and struck, much silvering remaining, edge ragged (as struck), weight 4.118 g, maximum diameter 22.7 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, issue 6, early 275 - Sep 275; obverse SEVERINA AVG, draped bust right, wearing stephane, crescent behind shoulders; reverse CONCORDIAE MILITVM (harmony with the soldiers), Concordia standing facing, head left, flanked by two standards, one in each hand, Q low inner left, XXI in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $120.00 (€105.60)
 


Severina, Augusta Spring 274 - November 275 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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Severina was the wife of Aurelian. She was possibly the only Roman empress ever to rule in her own right, which she did during the interregnum after her husband's murder.
RX88869. Billon tetradrachm, Geissen 3108; Dattari 5502; Milne 4474; Curtis 1824; SNG Cop 892; BMC Alexandria p. 308, 2378; Emmett 3967.7 (R1), aVF, well centered, some porosity, brown patina with blue-green area on reverse, weight 8.753 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 275 - 28 Aug 276 A.D.; obverse OVΛΠ CEVHPINA CEB, diademed and draped bust right; reverse ETOVC Z (year 7), Elpis standing left holding flower and raising skirt; $70.00 (€61.60)
 


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One of the most attractive Severina antoninianus we have seen.
SH11067. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 1796 (48 spec.), BnF XII 181 - 182, Venèra 1082 ff., Maravielle 89, Mazzini 3, Tattershall Thorpe 326, RIC V-1 3, SRCV III 11704, Cohen VI 3, superb EF, weight 3.580 g, maximum diameter 23.2 mm, die axis 180o, 6th officina, Rome mint, issue 10, end 274 A.D.; obverse SEVERINA AVG, draped bust right, wearing stephane, crescent behind shoulders; reverse CONCORDIA AVGG (harmony between the emperor and empress), Severina (on left) and Aurelian (togate, holding scepter) standing confronted, clasping hands, SXXIR in exergue; SOLD







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OBVERSE LEGENDS

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