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ID number:  BIRBI-R1301
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  G. Haines Collection
Collector:  Haines, Geoffrey
Maker:  Pertinax (192-193)
Denomination:  As
Place made:  Mint of Rome
Culture:  Roman
Date made:  193
Metal:  Copper
Weight (g):  9.68

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:  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)

Bibliography:  Mattingly, H, and Sydenham, E. The Roman Imperial Coinage Vol IV, Part I Pertinax to Geta (London 1962) Coin 33.

2 Related People

Whitting, Philip David
Haines, Geoffrey Colton
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