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Coin Type: Silver denarius of Septimius Severus, 193 CE - 211 CE
Mint and Date: "Emesa", 194 CE.
Size and Weight: 16mm x 17mm, 2.59g
Obverse: IMP CAE L SEP S(-EV PERT AVG COS) II
Laureate head right.
Reverse: PIETAT AVG
Septimius, veiled, draped, standing facing, head left, sacrificing out of a patera in right hand over a tripod left, and holding a roll in left hand at his side.
Ref: RCV (2002) 6324; RIC IV 413; BMCRE V p.97, 387
Provenance: del550 (eBay), July 2009.
BW Ref: 076 041 142
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Note: The green deposits on this coin, and the cracks to the right of the head, suggest that this might be a fourrée, a base metal core plated with silver. This would be very rare for a coin from "Emesa". But I nicked the encrusted edge with a knife and found only silver beneath, so this is a genuine coin (and thus only scarce rather than very rare). The alloy it is made of clearly contains enough copper for a green encrustation to form. The cracks to the right of the head might be a lamination fault.
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