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Here is my second purchase for my new "Yellow Orichalcum Sestertius collection"¬†ūüôā

This coin has obviously been harshly cleaned and the reverse is sub-par, but I could not resist simply because

- it was struck on a full size 34 mm flan while most contemporary Sestertii only reach an average 28-30 mm, and

- it almost reaches the full nominal weight of a Sestertius of one roman ounce (27,2 gr) while the average Severan piece is just 20-21 gr, plus

- it was struck in pure yellow Orichalcum with a high Zinc component while most Sestertii of the late 2nd century were made of a reddish alloy with a high copper content, and last but not least 

- it features a warrior-like cuirassed bust, a prototype of the soldier emperors that were to follow in the later third century, in the finest style of the period

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L SEPT SEV PE-RT AVG IMP VIII - Laureate and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind

P M TR P IIII COS II P P S C - Victory, draped right breast bare, advancing left, holding wreath upward in outstretched right hand and cradling palm branch in left arm

Sestertius, Rome 196 A.D.

RIC 725; BMCRE 591 var (PERT); Cohen 420; Sear 6424; Banti 101 (14 specimens, same obverse die as illustrated)

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While the Victory reverse is neither well preserved nor special in itself, it is tempting to see a promotion of the victory over Clodius Albinus achieved at the battle of Lugdunum in February of the year it was struck.

Please share your thoughts and Sestertii of Septimius Severus!

 

 

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The Banti No.101 plate coin,¬†ex William James Conte collection¬†(Numismatica Ars Classica Auction 52, lot 505, 07.10.2009),¬† ex Michael Weller Collection collection (Triton VIII, lot 1040, 2005),¬†ex Friends of the Romans collection (M√ľnzen & Medaillen¬†92, lot 127, 2002), ex¬†Dr. Meyer-Coloniensis III (M√ľnz Zentrum 64, lot 378, 1988) and¬†ex M√ľnzen und Medaillen¬†52, lot 695, 1975 shows the quality of the obverse die:

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That's a lovely coin, @Julius Germanicus.  Earlier this year I got one too, not a pretty as yours, but stripped - I do like them yellow like this:

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Septimius Severus Æ Sestertius (196 A.D.)  Rome Mint  L SEPT SEV PERT AV[G IMP VIII], laureate and cuirassed bust right / P M TR P IIII C]OS II P [P], S-C, Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm. RIC IV 725; BMCRE 591-593; Cohen RSC 420. (19.24 grams / 28 x 26 mm) eBay May 2023       Lot @ $4.50

Die-Match Characteristics:

Obv: PE-RT break, R touches hair; laurel ties shallow J-curve.

Rev: Victory high-waisted with "hobble skirt" look at knees.

Die-Match Obv. & Rev.: Classical Numismatic Group  Electronic Auction 503; Lot 403; 03.11.2021

Heritage Auctions, Inc. Auction 3088; Lot 34149; 05.11.2020

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Great addition, the cuirassed bust is really nice. 

Below is mine, but interestingly it ticks all your objections¬†ūü§£

CHECK (small size) - while most contemporary Sestertii only reach an average 28-30 mm, and

CHECK (lower weight) -  the average Severan piece is just 20-21 gr, plus 

CHECK (mine is green!) - while most Sestertii of the late 2nd century were made of a reddish alloy with a high copper content, and last but not least 

CHECK (a plain, laureate bust)- it features a warrior-like cuirassed bust, a prototype of the soldier emperors that were to follow in the later third century, in the finest style of the period

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There are two ways for a sestertius to be yellow.  I like the ones that never formed a patina due to the chemical nature of the water or soil in which they spent the intervening centuries.  I dispise the ones that had a patina but it was scrubbed away to make the old coin look new.  

Most of my coins have toned darker.  This is my favorite with the fancy bust. 

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...and the most yellow (not a favorite mostly due to the terrible strike).

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