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Emperor Severus Alexander Silver Denarius, AD 231-5

Denomination: Silver denarius

Period: Roman imperial

Date: AD 231-5

Origin: Rome mint

Condition: EF, a beautiful coin

Obverse: Laureate draped bust, right, IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG

Reverse: Jupiter standing right, holding thunderbolt and eagle, IOVI PROVGNATORI

Size and Weight: 20mm, 3.4g

References: Sear 7871, RIC 238

Features and Provenance: Severus Alexander was the last of the Severan dynasty. He was Elagabalus' heir and came to the throne at the young age of 14. He reigned over the Roman empire from AD 222- 235. Being so young, he was greatly influenced by his mother, Julia Mamaea and his grandmother Julia Maesa. He knew nothing of the ways of war but the army gradually came to accept him as a man of virtue and moderate behaviour, so different from his predecessor. He did much to improve the morals and conditions of the people; encouraging science, art and literature. Fiscally, he increased the fineness of the denarius to a silver content of 50.5% rather than the 43% it went down to. After three marriages during his 13 years, he was assassinated by the insubordinate troops he was reprimanding.


Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible






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