Mesopotamia, Edessa, Severus Alexander
Description: Mesopotamia, Edessa, Severus Alexander (222 - 235 AD). AVT K M A C AΛEΞANΔΡOC; laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind / MHT KO EΔECCHNWN; Tyche seated left on rock, altar before, river-god swimming at her feet, two stars flanking.
Diameter: AE28 mm
Weight: 9,62 g
Attribution: SGICV 3382, SNG Cop 217, BMC p. 105, 87 ff.
Commentary: poor metal with some peating caused by lead coming out of alloy, good details
History: 226 AD the Parthian Empire, a powerful neighbour of the Romans for last 300 years, were defeated, and Edessa stood on the border with the Sassanids - the power which should trouble the Romans for the next 400 years.
Article Number: 007-08-05-41652