In A.D. 208 Septimius Severus set off for Britannia to
conquer the island but he would never see Rome again!
The people and the landscape of Caledonia (Scotland)
proved too much and Septimius Severus, exhausted by
his efforts, fell ill and died in York in early A.D. 211. His
dying words to his sons were ‘stay friends, be generous to
the soldiers and no one else matters’. In his reign he had
increased a soldiers pay from 375 to 500 silver Denari a
year, a good wage in those days! This meant he created
over 1000 different denarius reverse types. We offer you
these silver Denari with the head of Septimius Severus on
the obverse and various reverses from the Roman
Emperor who died in York. Offered here in Fine grading.
Septimius Severus was Roman Emperor from AD 193-211. In AD 208 he travelled to
Britain to strengthen Hadrian’s Wall and went on to invade Scotland that same year but
his plans were cut short when he became ill and died in York in AD 211.
We have recently bought a nice group of his silver denarius in Very Fine Condition. There
are different types but all have his portrait on the obverse and usually a standing or seated figure
on the reverse.
Antoninus Pius, AD 138-161. AR Denarius. Obverse: Laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing to right. Reverse: VOTA SVSCEP DECENN III COS IIII. Antoninus Pius, togate standing to left and sacrificing over a lighted altar. Near Extremely Fine [S.4140]