Double-sestertius with bust of Severus Alexander

Roman (?)
Imperial Period (or Modern)
A.D. 228 (or 19th/20th century)


Mint: Rome

Catalogue Raisonné

Roman Medallions (MFA, 1962, 1975), no. 050.

Dimensions

Diameter: 37 mm. Weight: 45.58 gm.

Accession Number

37.1163

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins

Obverse: Bust of Severus Alexander with short beard, laureate right, draped.
IMP CAES M AVREL SEV ALEXANDER PIVS FELIX AVG
Reverse: Severus Alexander, togate with mantle over head, standing left, sacrificing at an altar adorned and lighted, before a temple of 2 columns in which is a statue of Roma seated facing front. The apex of the pediment is ornamented with 3 statues as antefixes. Behind Severus Alexander, 2 youths hold palmes or bent spears; in front of him priests (flamines) precede the victimarius leading bull to sacrifice.
P M T R P VII COS II PP

Provenance

By 1937: U.S. Private Collection; anonymous gift to MFA, November 17, 1937

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864–1885)