Sept. Sev. Alexandria - Romae

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by maridvnvm, Sep 18, 2020.

  1. maridvnvm

    maridvnvm Well-Known Member

    So when do you stop upgrading?

    I believe this type to be in the scarce to rare range but if you were to look at my collection you might change your mind.

    Septimius Severus denarius

    Obv:– IMP CAE L SEP - SEV PERT AVG, Laureate head right
    Rev:– ROMAE AE-TERNAE, Roma seated left on shield, holding Victory in right hand, spear in left.
    Minted in Alexandria. A.D. 194
    Reference:– RIC IV 350G; BMCRE 323; RSC 615

    I started with this poor example.....


    and upgraded some years later to this one


    I have now upgraded to this one which has a different reverse legend break A-ETERNAE. I has a full legend reverse, which is often not the case.

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    I know that Doug has an example and I could find a single example in acsearch.

    Share your upgrades.
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  3. Robert Ransom

    Robert Ransom Well-Known Member

    I like all three.
  4. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I only have the one from Alexandria but would be open to additional ones better or worse if they showed something I found interesting. For example mine has a good strike on the ROMAE but is short on the AETERNAE. Your first one is clearly the only one of our group with that obverse die. Your new one is the most well balanced of our group.

    I know you know but some here might not know that the type also was made in the mint known as "Emesa". I have two and do not consider them duplicates since one shows the Greek P for the Latin R in ROMAE.
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    When it comes to coins in one's specialty, it is hard to find duplicates. Coins may not share dies but , if they do, they may not have equal centering, strike, fine details, or style. If they do seem expendable in all those ways, a coin may have a more interesting provenance requiring it be kept. In the last 3-4 years I have sold, given or traded 3-4 Eastern Severan denarii of my roughly 300 coins. I regret doing that in some cases because the coins were not completely replaced in my collection by other coins I still have. I get over not winning a new coin in an overpriced sale like the recent McAlee much more easily than finding out later that I got rid of a coin that I should have kept for some small part it might play in the study of that specialty.
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  5. maridvnvm

    maridvnvm Well-Known Member

    I have what I think is a double die match to your POMA....


    and one with what i think is a reverse die match but from a different obverse die


    the ROMA type still eludes me
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