AR Denarius of Septimius Severus 193-211 AD., LIBERO PATRI - Liber (Bacchus) holding oenochoe & thyrsus, panther at feet, RIC IV 32 (S) scarce

Ancient Coins - AR Denarius of Septimius Severus 193-211 AD., "LIBERO PATRI - Liber (Bacchus) holding oenochoe & thyrsus, panther at feet", RIC IV 32 (S) scarce
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Reign

Lucius Septimius Severus 193-211 AD.

Denomination

AR Denarius

Date Struck

194 AD.

Mint

Rome

Obverse

L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP III, laureate head right

Reverse

LIBERO PATRI, Liber (Bacchus) standing half left, nude but for chlamys over shoulder, pouring wine from oenochoe in right hand for panther at feet on left, thyrsus vertical behind in left hand

Weight

3.23 grams

Diameter

18/17 mm

Reference

RIC IV 32 (S) scarce; RSC 301

Grade

Very fine, toned, well centered

Comments


In ancient Roman religion and mythology, Liber ("the free one" also known as Liber Pater "the free Father") was a god of viticulture and wine, fertility and freedom. He was a patron deity of Rome's plebeians and was part of their Aventine Triad. His festival of Liberalia (March 17) became associated with free speech and the rights attached to coming of age. His cult and functions were increasingly associated with Romanized forms of the Greek Dionysus - Bacchus, whose mythology he came to share.


The crude style for this issue is typical for all earliest coins of Severus.


Ancient Coins - AR Denarius of Septimius Severus 193-211 AD.,
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