Sestertius with head of Divus Septimius Severus, struck under Caracalla

Imperial Period
about A.D. 211

Mint: Rome

Catalogue Raisonné

Roman Medallions (MFA, 1962, 1975), no. 047.


Diameter: 36 mm. Weight: 27.85 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Head of Divus Septimius Severus, bare, bearded, right.
Reverse: Funeral pyre in base and four tiers, adorned with wreath and statuary, and with facing quadriga on top.
CONSE CRATIO SC (in exergue)


By date unknown: Earl Fitzwilliam Collection; by 1949: with Christie, Manson & Woods, Ltd., Spencer House, 27 St. James's Place, St. James's Streeet, London, S.W. 1 (Christie's auction of the Earl Fitzwilliam Collection, sold by order of the Earl Fitzwilliam's Wentworth Estates Company, May 30-31, 1949, lot 265); by date unknown: Richard Cyril Lockett Collection; 1959: with Glendining & Co., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W.1 (Glendining & Co. auction of Richard Cyril Lockett Collection, part 8, London, May 26, 1959, lot 66); by 1960: with A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London; October 13, 1960: purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd. for £ 273/10/0 (this is the total price for 60.1142-60.1144)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour