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11100754
CNG 111, Lot: 754. Estimate $200.
Sold for $650. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Septimius Severus. AD 193-211. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.62 g, 12h). British Victory issue. Rome mint. Struck AD 210-211. SEVERVS PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate head right / VICTORIAE BRIT, Victory advancing right, holding palm frond and wreath. RIC IV 332; RSC 727; SCBC 651. Good VF. Well struck for issue.


From the Ealing Collection. Ex CNG Inventory 890639 (April 2011).

Septimius Severus waged his last military campaign against the Caledonians on the northern border of Britain, where he himself died at his campaign headquarters at York in February AD 211. Among those who accompanied him on the campaign were his wife Julia Domna, as well as his sons Caracalla and Geta. Septimius and Caracalla commanded this campaign, with Caracalla becoming sole commander after his father had fallen ill. The two often did not agree on matters of strategy and we are told that at one point that Caracalla became so enraged that he appeared ready to stab his father in the back before the entire army. Upon Severus' death at York in February AD 211, Caracalla made peace with the Caledonians on less-than-favorable terms, which required the Romans retreat to the agreed border of Hadrian’s Wall