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SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS AE sestertius. AFRICA! Rome, 194 AD. Africa standing, lion at her side.

SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS AE sestertius. AFRICA! Rome, 194 AD. Africa standing, lion at her side.

SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS AE sestertius. Rome mint, 194 AD. L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP III, laureate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse - AFRICA, Africa in elephant-skin head-dress, standing right, holding corn-ears in fold of robe (or selling illicit gold watches from her trenchcoat?), lion at feet right. RIC 668, RARE.

This rare and interesting type commemorates the first emperor of African birth, Septimius Severus. No specimens available on VCoins, nor wildwinds. See a link below to one of the only examples of the type I could reference at auction, although it is consierably nicer : (hammer price of $4,228!)

http://www.coinarchives.com/a/lotviewer.php?LotID=138908&AucID=164&Lot=452


Price

List price: US$ 188.10
Price: US$ 159.89
€ 120.51
£ 96.45
AUD 171.71
CHF 145.82
CAD 175.19