Medallic sestertius with bust of Severus Alexander

Imperial Period
A.D. 222–231

Mint: Rome


Diameter: 38 mm. Weight: 24.55 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Bust of Severus Alexander, laureate, draped, cuirassed, right.
Reverse: Pax running to left, holds olive branch in right hand, sceptre in left.
PAX AV GVSTI S C (left and right in field)


By 1912: with Jacob Hirsch, 17 Arcisstrasse 17, Munich, Germany (J. Hirsch auction 31, May 6ff., 1912, lot 1622); by date unknown: Clarence S. Bement Collection; by 1924: with Naville & Cie., 6 & 8 Rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (Naville auction 8 [Clarence S. Bement Collection], Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, June 25-28, 1924, lot 1266); by date unknown: George Bauer Collection; by 1963: with Glendining & Co., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W.1 (Glendining & Co. auction of George Bauer Collection, January 23, 1963, lot 1373); January 23, 1963: purchased by Spink & Son, Ltd., 5, 6 & 7 King Street, St. James's, London, S.W. 1 at Glendining & Co. auction; March 20, 1963: purchased by MFA from Spink & Son, Ltd.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour