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    Septimius Severus (AD 193-211). AV aureus (7.26 gm). Rome, AD 210-211. SEVERVS PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate head of Severus right / VICTO-RIAE BRIT, Victory advancing right, head left, holding trophy over shoulder and leading naked captive. Calico 2563a (citing a single example). Cf. RIC 302 (no BRIT in obverse legend).BMCRE 372A note (same). Apparently only the third known of the type, and one of only two known specimens with BRIT in obverse legend. Edge bump at 12:00, otherwise choice extremely fine.

    This rare and remarkable aureus celebrates the Severan campaign in Britain, which occupied the last three years of Septimius Severus' life. In AD 208, the aging Severus departed Rome intent on the conquest of Scotland, a goal which had eluded the Romans for the previous century and a half. He took his sons Caracalla and Geta with him, hoping the hard life on campaign might curb their ferocious sibling rivalry. But what was supposed to be a quick victory turned into a long, bitter slog, which took its toll on the emperor's health. He died at York on February 4, AD 211. He sons quickly abandoned Scotland, declared victory and returned to Rome.
    Proceeds from the sale of this coin to benefit the Brooklyn College Foundation.


    More Information: This rare and remarkable aureus celebrates the Severan campaign in Britain, which occupied the last three years of Septimius Severus' life. In AD 208, the aging Severus departed Rome intent on the conquest of Scotland, a goal which had eluded the Romans for the previous century and a half.  He took his sons Caracalla and Geta with him, hoping the hard life on campaign might curb their ferocious sibling rivalry. But what was supposed to be a quick victory turned into a long, bitter slog, which took its toll on the emperor's health. He died at York on February 4, AD 211. He sons quickly abandoned Scotland, declared victory and returned to Rome.



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