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Septimius Severus - COS II - VICTOR AVG


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Now let me start by saying that whilst I collect eastern mint Severan coins I really didn't need another COS II, VICTOR AVG coin (RIC 425). I already have five other specimens. This coin was of interest to me because I think it deviates from that standard, full, COS II obverse legend - IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG COS II.

My newest example has PER instead of PERT, which is enough to interest me....

Obv:– IMP CAE L SEP SEV PER(sic) AVG COS II, Laureate head right
Rev:– VICTO-R AVG, Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm
Minted in Emesa, A.D. 194 - 195
References:– RIC 425, RSC 697

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I have a small collection of these odd legend variants and thnik that my new coin shares a reverse die with another from my collection, which also has obverse legend deviations:-

Obv:– IM-P CA L SEP SE-V PER AVG COS II, laureate head right
Rev:– VIC-TO-R AVG, Victory walking left, holding wreath in right hand, palm in left.

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which I can link in turn (though the obverse die) to a different reverse type 

Obv:– IMP CA L SEP SEV PER AVG COS II, Laureate head right
Rev:– BONA SPES, Spes standing holding flower and lifting skirt.

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Martin (I don't need much excuse to add another coin to the hoard)

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Nice addition to your hoard! The obverse of your new addition shows a metal blob/blur of some sort. Would it be possible that the missing 't' has been eaten by it? Although, if I count the spaces for the letters correct, it seems there wouldnt be enough space for the 't'....

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@maridvnvm, enjoyed browsing a couple of your threads on eastern mint Severans.  This Rome mint Severus with a portrait that I believe is from his first issues (193) from Rome as the portrait looks like a combination of Pertinax, Septimius and even a hint of Albinus.

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Septimius Severus (193-211) AR denarius, AD 193 (1st issue). Rome, 3.18g, 18mm.
Obv: IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG, laureate head of Septimius Severus right
Rev: VICT AVG TR P COS, Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm
Ref: RIC 22; BMC 30; RSC 682

Although not far from this 16th century portrait from "Romanorum imperatorum effigies", Giovanni Battista Cavalieri, 1592

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That is a distinctive first issue bust from Rome. I think it is an obverse die match to this one:-

Obv:- IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG, Laureate head right
Rev:- LEG III ITAL, TR P COS in exergue, legionary eagle between two standards. Capricorns on standards.
Minted in Rome. A.D. 193
Reference:- BMCRE 10, RIC 7. RSC 262

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5 hours ago, maridvnvm said:

That is a distinctive first issue bust from Rome. I think it is an obverse die match to this one:-

Obv:- IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG, Laureate head right
Rev:- LEG III ITAL, TR P COS in exergue, legionary eagle between two standards. Capricorns on standards.
Minted in Rome. A.D. 193
Reference:- BMCRE 10, RIC 7. RSC 262

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very cool - definitely an obverse match - and clearly not related on reverse.

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