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    Pescennius Niger. A.D. 193-194. AR denarius, (18 mm, 2.53 g, 6 h). Antioch. Laureate head of Pescennius Niger right / Salus standing right, feeding serpent held in arms; at her feet, altar. Cf. RIC 77 (SALVTI); cf. BMC p. 80, note (same); cf. RSC 68. Toned, good VF.

    Pescennius Niger served as governor of Syria during 193, the Year of the Five Emperors, which saw the Roman Empire torn by Civil War following the murder of Commodus. Following the death of Pertinax and the auctioning of the imperial title by Didius Julianus in Rome, the eastern legions proclaimed Niger emperor and began to march on Rome, while Clodius Albinus and Septimius Severus were similarly elevated by the legions in Britain and Germany. Severus reached Rome first and then moved against Niger, defeating his army first at Cyzicus and Nicaea (A.D. 193), and then decisively at Issus (A.D. 194). Realizing his hopes for the imperial purple had come to nothing, Niger attempted to flee to the Parthians, but was overtaken and executed.


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