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ID:     82000829
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     MYSIA
City:     Hadrianothera
Issuer:     Septimius Severus
Date Ruled:     AD 193-211
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE 35
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 193-198
Diameter:     35 mm
Weight:     27.62 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Legend:     AV KAI M CEΠTI CEOVHPOC ΠΕΡ
Obverse Description:     Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
CM 1 Description:      ΔIOΓ monogram in incuse square
CM 1 Reference:      Howgego 615
Reverse Legend:     EΠI CTP MOCXIANOV ATTAΛOV AΔΡΙΑΝΟΘHPIΤΩΝ
Reverse Description:     Severus on horseback right, raising hand; to right, trophy with bound captive seated left at base.
Primary Reference:     SNG VA 7246
Reference2:     AMNG IV 575
Reference3:     SNG France -
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=147285
Grade:     VF, dark brown surfaces
Notes:     Sale: CNG 82, Lot: 829 Extremely rare. During the civil war between Septimius Severus and Pescennius Niger, those allied people in Mesopotamia — the Osrhoeni and the Adiabeni — took advantage of the situation by capturing Roman garrisons there and launching an unsuccessful attack on the Roman-allied city of Nisibis. In return for peace and a return of Roman captives, these people demanded that the remaining Roman garrisons there be removed. Refusing to do so, Severus marched into upper Mesopotamia in the spring of AD 195. Almost immediately, the Osrhoeni and the Adiabeni surrendered, and much of the upper Mesopotamia was organized into a Roman province, while Osrhoene remained autonomous, but much diminished.Now with the situation in the east temporarily under control, Severus returned to the west to deal with Clodius Albinus. In the meantime, however, the eastern frontier became destabilized when, in AD 197, Nisibis was again besieged. Severus used returned east to deal with the situation. This time, however, in addition bringing the rebellious eastern territories to heel, Severus also marched against a much-weakened Parthia. The Romans easily swept through upper Mesopotamia, and down the Euphrates, sacking Seleucia, Babylon, and the capital, Ctesiphon, which the Parthian king Vologaeses V had abandoned. For this, Severus adopted the title Parthicus Maximus and elevated his son Caracalla to Augustus, and Geta to Caesar.