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    Clodius Albinus (AD 195-197). AR denarius (3.29 gm). Lugdunum, AD 196-197. IMP CAES D CLO SEP ALB AVG, laureate head of Clodius Albinus right / FIDES LEGI-ON . COS . II ., clasped hands holding legionary eagle. RIC 20b. BMC 284. RSC 24. Attractive dark toning. Nearly extremely fine.

    Clodius Albinus commanded the Roman legions in Britain under Commodus, but following his murder and that of Pertinax in AD 193, Albinus began to march on Rome in alliance with Septimius Severus, who reached the city first and replaced the hated Didius Julianus as emperor. In AD 194, Albinus received the title of Caesar from Severus and the two shared the consulship. However, this friendly relationship soon broke down and at last in AD 196, Albinus had himself proclaimed Augustus by the legions in Britain and Spain in opposition to Severus. Albinus lay claim to Gaul with its capital at Lugdunum and successfully defeated an army led by Severus' legate. Subsequently, Septimius Severus opposed him with a new army near Lugdunum and won a crushing victory. Clodius Albinus was killed in the fighting, but Severus vented his rage by ordering the decapitation of his corpse as well as of his (living) wife and sons. Lugdunum was punished by a thorough sacking.

    From The W.B. and R. E. Montgomery Collection.


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    January, 2011
    2nd-3rd Sunday-Monday
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