Severus Alexander
Caesar, A.D. 221-222
Augustus, A.D. 222-235

Silver Denarius
Rome mint, A.D. 228-231
Obv: IMP SEV ALEXAND AVG
Rev: VIRTVS AVG - Roma, seated left on cuirass, holding branch and spear, shield on back
RIC 221
18mm, 2.4g.


Severus Alexander

Severus Alexander was proclaimed emperor at the age of 13, after the murder of his cousin and adoptive father, Elagabalus. His reign was just and peaceful for the first nine years, even if he did rule in the shadow of his mother, the strong-willed Julia Mamaea. Later unrest and indecisive victories in the eastern and northern frontiers caused his army to doubt his military abilities, and both he and his mother were murdered by his troops.


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