|Severus II (305-307
A.D.) - AE Follis - 26mm, 12.04gr
|Obverse - IMP C FL VAL SEVERVS P F AVG
Severus II, his laureate head right.
Genius standing left, modius on head, naked but for
chlamys over left shoulder, holding patera (from which
liquor flows) in right and cornucopiae in left hand.
Z in right field, ANT : in Exergue.
|Minted at officina Z in Antioch
(Antakya, Turkey) between July 306 and early spring 307 A.D.
Voetter, Otto, "Die Münzen der römischen Kaiser, Kaiserinnen und Caesaren von Diocletianus bis Romulus, Katalog der
hinterlassenen Sammlung und Aufzeichnung des Herrn Paul Gerin" (Voetter-Gerin), 1921, p41, #4 (specimen in the collection
of Paul Gerin, from officina Δ, E and S)
-Kent, J.P.C., "The Pattern of Bronze Coinage under Constantine I", Numismatic Chronicle, 1957, p 69, #1084
-Sutherland, C.H.V., "The Roman Imperial Coinage" Volume VI, 1967, p624, note 5: "This issue, save for Constantius,
continued without change at the beginning of Group III, except that no coins of Severus as Augustus (though included
by Kent, N.C. 1957, p. 69, no. 1084) are known to me".
-Sutherland, C.H.V., "The Roman Imperial Coinage" Volume VI, 1967, p627, Note: "As indicated above, p. 624, n. 5,
the aes of Group II (ii) continued into Group III with unchanged Genio Populi Romani folles for Galerius and Maximinus
(though probably not for Severus as Augustus)....".
-Bastien, Pierre, "Trouvaille de folles au Liban (294-307)", Revue Numismatique, 1967, Aleppo & Homs, Syria Hoards, table p171.
-Bastien, Pierre, "Trouvaille de folles au Liban (294-307)", Revue Numismatique, 1967, Lebanon Hoard, p188, #75 & 77.
-King, C.E. & Spaer, A., "A Hoard of Folles from Northern Sinai", Numismatic Chronicle, 1977, p106, #3981-3989.
-Salzmann, D., "Folles of Severus II as Augustus and of Constantine I as Caesar from Antioch ", Numismatic Chronicle, 1983,
p214-216 and plate 42, #1-6.
See my pages on Severus II as Augustus - The "lost" Genio Populi Romani issue from Antioch
and "My folles from the Northern Sinai Hoard"
The coin is listed at Not in RIC.
Quality: Very Fine+
Rarity: Unclear. So far I have been able to confirm the existence of at least 8 specimens of this coin from
officina Z, so according to the definition of RIC Vol VI, that would make it's rarity R3.
Three of these coins are part of my own collection. Click here and here to see the other specimen.
This coin was once part of the Northern Sinai hoard, found around 1965 "at a tel just to the west of the village of
esh-Sheikh Zuweid. The site of the tel, on the ancient Via Maris, has been identified with the Beth Tappuah (i.e. House of the
Apple), known in Greek as Boutaphion. It is on the coast c. 15 km south-west of Rafah towards El Arish, which in 1965 was
the capital of Egyptian Sinai." (1)
The coin still has the original green patina which is typical of coins from the Northern Sinai Hoard..
(1) = Cathy E. King & Arnold Spaer, "A Hoard of Folles from Northern Sinai", Numismatic Chronicle, 1977, p66.