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Antoninianus (Coin) Portraying Empress Marcia Otacilia Severa

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

248, issued by Emperor Philip the Arab

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin portrays a bust of Otacilia Severa diademed and facing to the right. The back (reverse) depicts a hippopotomus to the right.

This coin was issued to commemorate the Roman Millennium. The lavish birthday celebration featured one thousand gladiators who fought to the death and thousands of exotic animals like this hippopotamus, native to Egypt. Supplying the Romans with African animals for the games was a flourishing business.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Antoninianus (Coin) Portraying Empress Marcia Otacilia Severa

Origin

Rome

Date

248 CE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Obverse: OTACIL SEVERA AVG Reverse: SAECVLARES AVGG In Exergue: IIII

Dimensions

Diam. 2.3 cm; 4.13 g

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1922.4898

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