Septimius Severus
Roman Imperial
Roman Empire




Weight: 3.24 g

Diameter: 13/16 in. (20.4 mm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Arthur Fairbanks, Class of 1886, in memory of his father, Henry Fairbanks, Class of 1853



Place Made: Italy, Europe



Object Name


Research Area

Numismatics: Greek and Roman

Not on view


Obverse: Bearded, laureate male head right; much detail lost by flattening and smudging across hair above ear. Frame from 2:00-11:00. Inscribed clockwise, inward, from 7:30-10:30: SEVERVS; from 1:30-5:30: PIVS AVG Reverse: Helmeted female figure, draped to feet, seated left on round object; holding vertical object (palladium?) in right hand, some object (identified as spear by both RIC and CREBM) in left. Inscribed clockwise, inward, from 8:00-12:00: RESTITVTOR; from 2:30-4:30: VRBIS; frame from 8:00-4:00; axis down; "N" scratched on outer edge at 6:00 obverse.

Course History

CLST 6, Introduction to Classical Archaeology, Roger Ulrich, Fall 2012

CLST 11.2, From Emperors as gods to God as Emperor: The Last Two Centuries of Rome, Robert Stewart, Roger Ulrich, Winter 2014

CLST 6, Introduction to Classical Archaeology, Roger Ulrich, Fall 2014


Arthur Fairbanks (1864-1944), Class of 1886; given to present collection, 1927.

Catalogue Raisonne

RIC 288 (pl. VII.14), CREBM 360 (pl. 36.12)

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