After the murder of Elagabalus in 222, all hopes are put in his successor Severus Alexander aged 14. His advisers are jurists. This designation of Severus is not dynastic. It is rather an encouragement to deploy a strength of character that the young man will never have.
Severus Alexander began his reign as a great builder. He enlarged the Baths of Nero, starting by adding in 226 the Nymphaeum Divi Alexandri whose castellum still exists today. According to a common practice in that time, the nymphaeum is a pool created to shelter and honor the nymphs and flanked by a multi-leveled building that can serve as a triumphal arch.
On October 24 in Zurich, NAC (Numismatica Ars Classica) sells an aureus of Severus Alexander, lot 543 estimated CHF 275K here linked on the auction platform Sixbid. The strike is deep and sharp and the condition is great.
The portrait in a realistic profile shows a young man with a small beard. The head is laureate and the bust is draped and cuirassed. The reverse is a view of the new monument and its semicircular pool, with arches, statues of victories and the quadriga of the emperor.
This model was issued in 226 or soon after. The emperor had not yet shown his military incompetence. Only one other example is known. This rarity could be explained by a return of some coins in the workshop to replace the nymphaeum by the baths when the tribute to this weak emperor became politically incorrect. Severus Alexander was assassinated in a coup after thirteen years of reign.
SOLD for CHF 400K before fees