Ancient - Severan Brit Issues

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  1. Windchild

    Windchild Punic YN, Shahanshah

    I know that there are issues with BRIT in the legend on coins of Septimus Severus, Geta and Caracalla (as shown below).

    I am wondering if any of the other Severan family members issued coins with BRIT on their legend or with a British theme.

    I currently have the one below:


    AR Denarius
    212 AD
    Laureate head right
    Hercules, nude, standing facing, head left, branch upward in right hand, club and lion skin in left
    19mm x 21mm
    RIC IV, Part I, 192
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  3. Ripley

    Ripley Senior Member

    Just a guess. Septimus Severus died in York, Britania. Maybe thats why. Some of his coins had BRIT on them also.
  4. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I don't know the answer WC, but that's a nice coin.
  5. Windchild

    Windchild Punic YN, Shahanshah

    The reason why is that they were the 'conquerors' of Britain, with Septimus Severus having Victoriae Brit coinage issues.
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  6. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    From looking around, no, they were the only ones.
  7. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Septimius Severus has some VICTORIAE BRIT reverses

    edit: whoops, NM :)
  8. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    very interesting coin WC, neat legend, and just a nice coin all the way around (literally and figuratively).
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  9. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Britain was a major theater of war from Caesar to Septimius but keeping those rowdy Brits under control was a lot of work. After Septimius died, just who would you expect to keep fighting in Britain? Caracalla soon changed to his GERM series coins. Elagabalus was an Easterner an seemed more interested in other forms of conquest (Vestals???). It should take little imagination to figure out why that end of the Empire was available for guys like Postumus and Carausius.
  10. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Hilarious but probably true.:D
  11. maridvnvm

    maridvnvm Well-Known Member

    The BRIT both sides coins are always popular too. Here is a Geta example but you can find lots of VICTORIAE BRIT types for Sept. Sev. and Caracalla too.


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  12. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Commodus also had issues with the legend "BRIT". I own two very poor condition coins with this legend. Here is the better of the two:

    Commodus AR Denarius
    OBV: M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT PP, laureate head right
    REV: CONC COM P M TR P XVI COS VI, Concordia standing left, holding patera & scepter
    Struck at Rome, 191 AD
    2.5g, 17mm
    RIC 219
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