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Septimius Severus Eastern IMP VIII - taking stock of my collection.


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One of my sub-collections is the eastern denarii of Septimius Severus generally ending in the eastern IMP VIII issue.

The standard obverse legend for this issue is L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP VIII. RIC notes one example with the obverse legend  L SEPT SEVER PERT AVG IMP VIII. I keep a keen eye out for these oddities and add them to my IMP VIII collection whenever I can find them.

The British Museum has a fantastic collection of IMP VIII coins and I use this as my baseline reference for what is published as existing. The following is a list of what is is the BM collection. I thought it would be worthwhile for me to have a look at how my collection is developing , comparing myself to the BM collection. The following is a list of the coins represented in either the BM collection or my own collection.

Green = in BM collection and represented in my collection
Red = in BM collection but missing from my collection
Blue = missing from BM collection but represented in my collection 

L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP VIII

ARAB ADIABENIC - Victory left, wreath and palm - Misattributed to IMP VII
ARAB DIABENIC - Victory left, wreath and palm
BON EVENT - Fides standing
BONA SPES - Spes Standing
BONI EVENTVS - Fides standing
CERER FRVGIF - Ceres standing
FORT REDVC - Fortuna seated

FORT REDVC - Fortuna standing- Not in BM collection but in RIC - RIC 477
FORT REDVC - Fortuna? standing holding two cornucopiae
FORT REDVC - Hilaritas standing
FORT REDVC - Pietas standing
FORTA REDVC - Fortuna standing
FORTA REDVC - Fortuna seated
FORTA REDVC - Hilaritas standing

FORTV REDVC - Fortuna seated
INVICT IMP  - Trophy or arms - no captive
INVICT IMP  - Trophy or arms, captive with shield

INVICT IMP  - Trophy or arms, captive NO shield
IOVI INVICT - Jupiter seated
LIBER AVG - Liberalitas standing

LIBERT AVG - Liberalitas standing
LIBERTA AVG - Liberalitas standing
LIERTA(sic) AVG - Liberalitas standing
MARTI VICT - Mars right spear and trophy - Same reverse die as SEVER example below
MINER VICTRIC - Minerva standing, shield and spear
MONET AVG - Moneta standing
PIETATI AVG - Pietas standing - Misattributed as IMP VII
VICTOR AVG - Victory left, wreath and palm

L SEPT SEVER PERT AVG IMP VIII

BONA SPES - Spes Standing
CERER FRVGIF - Ceres standing
FORT REDVC - Fortuna seated
FORTA REDVC - Fortuna seated

INVICT IMP  - Trophy or arms - no captive
LIBER AVG - Liberalitas standing
LIBER AVG - Liberalitas seated - this reverse type not listed in BMCRE or RIC
MARTI VICT - Mars right spear and trophy
MINER VICTRIC - Minerva standing, shield and spear
MONET AVG - Moneta standing
VICTOR AVG - Victory left, wreath and palm
VICTOR AVG - Victory right engraving shield
VIRTVTI AVG - Mars right spear and trophy

I have not performed this comparison before and it was only because I am building my IMP VIII website that I performed this exercise. I was rather surprised to see that my collection holds up rather well when compared to the BM collection. I have three gaps compared to the BM in my SEPT collection and the three SEVER types that the BM has are missing from my collection but conversely I have 10 SEVER types that are not represented in the BM.

This has made me even more determined to fill those gaps.

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The BM collection of this issue has developed through donations and acquisitions over the last century or so. They have the most complete public collection of the eastern denarii of Septimius Severus. I am not sure that they actively collect anything....

I do have galleries containing my collection outlined above including some type duplicates.

SEV coins

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=6015

SEVER coins

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=7515 

Regards,

Martin

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I have been looking though my trays and am uncovering some coins that I have bought over the years but were missing from my records. Here is one relevant to this thread.

Obv:–L SEPT SEV PE-RT AVG IMP VIII, Laureate head right
Rev:– M-ONFT (sic) AVG, Moneta standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae
Minted in Laodicea-ad-Mare. A.D. 196 - 197
Reference:– RIC 484(a) var

The engraver has malformed the E in Monet. Not worty of it's own reference but worth of note.

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