ROMAN SILVER DENARII SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS AC 460

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Dimensions (mm) 1 x 1 x 1mm
Weight (carats) 1 carats
Colors
Year 193
Silver Coin

SEPTIMUS SEVERUS, A NATIVE OF LEPRIS MAGNA, AFRICA WAS PROCLAIMED EMPEROR BY HIS TROOPS AFTER THE MURDER OF PERTINAX. HE IS AT THE SAME TIME CREDITED WITH STRENGTHENING AND REVIVING AN EMPIRE FACING IMMINENT DECLINE AND, THROUGH THE SAME POLICIES THAT SAVED IT, CAUSING IT EVENTUAL FALL. SEVERUS ELIMINATED THE DANGEROUS PRAETORIANS, UNIFIED THE EMPIRE AFTER TURMOIL AND CIVIL WAR, STRENGTHENED THE ARMY, DEFEATED ROME’S MOST POWERFUL ENEMY, AND FOUNDED A SUCCESSFUL DYNASTY. HIS PAY INCREASES FOR THE ARMY, HOWEVER, ESTABLISHED A SEVERE BURDEN ON ROME. FUTURE EMPERORS WERE EXPECTED TO INCREASE PAY AS WELL. THESE RAISES RESULTED IN EVER-INCREASING TAXES THAT DAMAGED THE ECONOMY. SOME HISTORUAN BELIEVE HIGH TAXES, INITIATED BY SEVERUS POLICIES, PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN ROME’S LONT-TERM DECLINE. IN 208 A.D., HE TRAVELED TO BRITAIN TO EMBARK ON REVITALISATION AFTER A DISASTROUS BARBARIAN INVASION. HE DIED IN YORK IN 211 A.D. AND WAS SUCCEEDED BY HIS SONS, CARACALLA AND GETA.

SEPTIMUS SEVERUS, 193- 211 A.D.

COIN WEIGHT 2.29 GRAMS

MAXIMUM DIAMETER 17 MM  

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