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SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS. 193-211 AD. Æ Sestertius (25.67 g). Rome mint. Struck 200 AD. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / P M TR P VIII COS II P P, Septimius standing left, sacrificing from patera over lighted alter, holding reversed spear in left hand. RIC -; BMCRE -; Banti -; Cohen -. VF, attractive mahogany brown patina with some peripheral roughness on the reverse. Unpublished reverse type and unique

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Rarity aside, this is simply a very beautifully styled sestertius; even the details of Severus' head can be clearly made out on the reverse, despite the wear; it is quite realistic. An exceptionally talented die engraver was obviously at work here.
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