Ancient Roman and Greek Coins:
Severina, AE antoninianus. Rome.
Obverse: SEVERINA AVG, diademed, draped bust right, on crescent.
Reverse: CONCORDIA AVGG, Severina standing right, clasping hand of Emperor, standing left
Mintmark digamma XXIR in exergue.
RIC V-1 Rome 3
(Remember from reading the Aurelian
page that XXI meant that twenty of such coins would contain the same silver
quantity of an old silver denarius.)
Ulpia Severina (fl. 3rd century) was a Roman Empress, the wife of the emperor
Aurelian. There is evidence that she reigned in her own right for
some period after Aurelian's death in 275, which would make her the only
woman to have ruled over the entire classical Roman Empire by her own power.
Very little is known about her, as there are no literary sources mentioning
her existence. Almost everything known about her, including her name,
is gathered from coins and inscriptions.
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