The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, the Lapworth Museum of Geology and the University of Birmingham Collections - Objects
ID number: BIRBI-R1301
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection: G. Haines Collection
Artist / Maker: Pertinax (192-193)
Title / Object name / Definition: As
Object type: Coin
Place made: Mint of Rome
Date made: 193
Collector: G. Haines
Measurements: 9.68 g
Description: Obverse: Laureate head of Pertinax.
Reverse: Laetitia holding a wreath and a sceptre. On the murder of Commodus the sixty-six year old Pertinax became emperor. The new ruler tried to present his reign as a return to the good old days before Commodus. Pertinax was the son of a freedman who had risen through the ranks. Pertinax promised the Praetorian Guard a large accessional donative, when he could only afford to pay half of the promised amount his guards killed him, 86 days after he had become emperor.
Inscriptions / Translations: Obverse: IMP CAESPHELV PERTINAVG (Imperator Caesar Publius Helvius Pertinax)
Reverse: LAETITIATEMP ORVMCOSII (The Gladness of Times Consul three times) S C (by permission of the Senate)
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