Small silver coin of Septimius Severus


Black Cultural Archives

Black Cultural Archives
London, United Kingdom

Small coin; the heads side depicting the profile of a man with curly hair and beard, with a headband. The inscription reads “SEVERVSPIVSAVG”. The tails side has a full-figure depiction of a man dressed in a toga, holding a staff and in his hand a branch. The inscription reads “FVNDATO[P][P]ACIS” ref BCA-173. North Africa was the birthplace of the great African military strategist, Emperor Lucius Septimius Severus. He became the first African Roman Emperor in AD193 and ruled until AD211. Severus decided to carry out major repairs to the forts in the Pennines and to Hadrian's Wall in around AD211. In fact so extensive were the repairs required to Hadrian's Wall, that until the end of the nineteenth century, Severus was believed to have built the Wall.
(Until the 1920's it was known as the Roman Wall rather than Hadrian's Wall). Severus led expeditions into Scotland, and at the same time was fighting guerrilla war with the British tribes. The strains of the campaigns proved too much for Severus, who was now well into his sixties, and he died at York on the fourth of February AD211.’


  • Title: Small silver coin of Septimius Severus
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 0193
  • Subject Keywords: BBC

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