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    Dea Caelestis Aureus

    Septimius Severus (AD 193-211). AV aureus (21mm, 7.08 gm, 11h). NGC Choice Fine 5/5 - 3/5, wavy flan, graffito. Rome, AD 203. SEVERVS-PIVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Septimius Severus right, seen from behind / INDVLGEN-TIA AVGG, Dea Caelestis riding lion right, holding thunderbolt in right hand and scepter in left; water gushing from rocks below, IN CARTH in exergue. RIC IV.I 266a var. (laureate head right). Cohen 227 var. (same). Calic├│ 2463. Biaggi 1072. Very Rare with only six examples found in Coin Archives.

    The reverse legend translates "the indulgence of the Augusti towards Carthage" and the reverse type is a clear picture of the favor that Septimius inclined toward Carthage in his homeland of North Africa. Dea Caelestis, the Carthaginian moon goddess, is a reverse type unique to the Severan era and as the patron goddess of Carthage, astride her lion, she represents a distinctive feature for the coinage of Septimius and his family. This reverse type represented in gold aurei and silver denarii always depict water flowing beneath the personification and may represent the improvements that Septimius made to the Carthaginian aqueduct in the first years of the 3rd century.


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