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M. Aurelius Severus Alexander
Emperor 222-235
Relatives depicted on coins:

Orbiana - wife;
Julia Mamaea - mother

Bassianus Alexianus (b. ca. 208) was adopted as Caesar in 221 by Elagabalus, taking the name Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexander, and within a year was Emperor.  Controlled by his mother and  grandmother, he was then placed under tutelage of a senatorial council. Alexander was personally virtuous but indecisive, lacked leadership ability and took no measures to win over the legions, so his reign was marked by military unrest and insubordination. After campaigning unsuccessfully against Persia, he took up arms against the Germans and crossed the Rhine, seeking a negotiations rather than battle. This may have been good policy, but such unsoldierly behavior alienated the legions and Maximinus, a giant of legendary exploits who had risen from the ranks, organized his overthrow.

   

GI3384* 0649 Severus Alexander Caesar: Billon 22 Tetradrachm
$125.00
Obv. MAP AYP AΛEΞANΔPOC KAICAP
Laur. bust r.
Rev. l E
Athena stg. l.
12.56 g
Sear GI3384v; BMC 1583
eroded legend, otherwise VF. Rare!

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GI3385* 2877 Severus Alexander: AE 27 of Caesarea
$115.00
Obv. Laur. bust r.
Rev. Mt. Argaeus surmounted by wreath
13.28 g
Sear GI3366v; Syd. 35
VF, contrasting dark green patina

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GI3388* 0941 Severus Alexander & Julia Mamaea: AE 27 of Marcianopolis
$75.00
Obv. AVT K M AVΡ CEVH ALEΞANΔΡOC KAI IOVΛIA MAMAIA
Confronted busts
Rev. HΓ OY M TEΡEBINTOY MAΡKIANOΠOΛITΩN
Zeus seated l.
12.61 g
Sear GI3388v; Pick 1076 v
obv. patina thins, otherwise VF

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GI3388* 0996 Severus Alexander & Julia Mamaea: AE 25 of Marcianopolis
$95.00
Obv. AVT K M AVΡ CEVH ALEΞANΔΡOC KAI IOVΛIA MAMAIA
Confronted busts
Rev. HΓ OY M TEΡEBINTOY MAΡKIANOΠOΛITΩN
Demeter stg. l.
11.10 g
Sear GI3388v; Pick 1077
obv. patina thins, otherwise VF

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R2230* 0084 Severus Alexander: AR 22 Denarius
$125.00
Obv. IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG Laur. hd. r.
Rev. P M TR P XII COS III PP Sol adv. l.
3.40 g
Sear 2230v; RSC 440; RIC 120 good EF

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R2260 0299 Severus Alexander: AE Sestertius
$70.00
Obv. IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG Laur. bust r.
Rev. P M TR P XI COS III PP SC Sol adv. l.
18.52g Sear 2260; RIC 528 Rev. roughness, otherwise nearly VF/F

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R2268 0301 Severus Alexander: AE Sestertius
$50.00
Obv. IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG Laur. bust r.
Rev. SPES PVBLICA S C Spes adv. l.
Sear 2268; RIC 648 rough obverse, otherwise good VF

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R2269 0302 Severus Alexander: AE Sestertius
$35.00
Obv. IMP SEV ALEXANDER AVG Laur. bust r.
Rev. VICTORIA AVGVSTI S C Victory stg. r. inscribing shield
Sear 2269; RIC 616 nearly F

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R2322 0287 Julia Mamaea: AE Sestertius
$85.00
Obv. IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA
Dr. bust r.
Rev. VENERI FELICI S C
Venus stg. r. hldg. Cupid
22.89 g
Sear R2322; RIC 694
good F

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R2330* 1858 Julia Mamaea: AE 25 As
$95.00
Obv. IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA
Dr. bust r.
Rev. VESTA S C
Vesta stg. l.
7.28 g
Sear R2330v; RIC 711
sm. flan, oth. VF

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