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    Severus III (AD 461-465). AV tremissis (1.43 gm). Milan, AD 462-465. D N SEV-EVERVS (sic) P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Severus right / Cross in wreath, COMOB in exergue. RIC X 2726 (R3). Cohen 20. Very rare. Light scratch to right of cross on reverse, otherwise good very fine.

    After deposing his former friend and ally Majorian, the Master of Soldiers Ricimer deliberated for three months before appointing a shadowy character named Libius Severus to the vacant West Roman throne. His accession is recorded as occurring on November 19, AD 461. His most compelling qualifications for office seem to have been his lack of any real ambition and a willingness to do whatever Ricimer asked of him. Predictably, the East Roman emperor Leo refused to recognize Severus and regarded the West Roman throne as empty for the duration of the reign. However, Ricimer commanded enough loyal soldiers that the Eastern regime could do little more than take umbrage and wait for the apparently elderly Severus to die. The next three years were a dreary continuation of the decay and disintegration of previous decades in the West. Spain and Gaul, which were largely controlled by the Visigoths and by a Roman warlord named Aegidius, who refused to recognize Severus, slipped entirely beyond the control of the Western government. Severus' death is listed as having occurred on November 15, AD 465, just shy of four years after his appointment, but neither his subjects nor later historians took much note of his reign or his passing.


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