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    Pertinax (AD 193). AR denarius (3.87 gm). NGC Choice VF 4/5 - 4/5. Rome, 1 January - 28 March AD 193. IMP CAES P HELV PERTIN AVG, laureate head of Pertinax right / LAETITIA TEM-POR COS II, Laetitia standing left, holding wreath and scepter. RIC 4a. RSC 20. Strong portrait of this brief-reigning ruler.

    As the Senate's choice to replace the dissolute Commodus, the elderly Pertinax immediately launched into a program of reform intended to restore faith in the Roman Empire's government and finances. Among these was a reform of the silver coinage, which had been seriously debased under Commodus. The silver denarii issued by Pertinax show a marked increase in both weight and fineness over the last issues of Commodus. The portraiture was likewise of a high standard, showing the emperor as a distinguished and heavily bearded senior statesman. However it was not to last-- Pertinax was slain by the Praetorians after a reign of less than three months, and the debasement of Rome's coinage soon resumed and accelerated.


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