OTACILIA SEVERA
wife of Philip I

Antoninianus Presentation

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Sear -  Seaby - 34 VM - 8 RIC - 121
Obverse featuring Diademed and draped bust right, on crescent Obverse: "MARCIA OTACIL SEVERA AVG"
  
Diademed and draped bust right, on crescent
 


Mint and Year: Rome - undated (AD 244-246)
Weight:     4.00 grams
Die axis:    0 degrees
Rarity:     rare


              

Reverse: "PIETAS AVG"
     Pietas (Piety, Dutifulness) standing half-left, holding box of perfume and raising right hand; lighted altar before her.

Pietas standing half-left, holding box of perfume and raising right hand; lighted altar before her.

Sear -  Seaby - 37 VM - 9 RIC - 122(b)
Obverse featuring Diademed and draped bust right, on crescent Obverse: "MARCIA OTACIL SEVERA AVG"
  
Diademed and draped bust right, on crescent
 


Mint and Year: Rome - undated (AD 244-246)
Weight:      3.83 grams
Die axis:    185 degrees
Rarity:     rare


              

Reverse: "PIETAS AVG"
     Pietas (Piety, Dutifulness) standing half-left, holding box of perfume and raising right hand; child standing before her.

Pietas standing half-left, holding box of perfume and raising right hand; child standing before her.

Sear - 2629 Seaby - 39 VM - 10 RIC - 115
Obverse featuring Diademed and draped bust right, on crescent Obverse: "OTACIL SEVERA AVG"
  
Diademed and draped bust right, on crescent


Mint and Year: Rome - undated (AD 248)
Weight:      4.51 grams
Die axis:    170 degrees
Rarity:     common

        

Reverse: "PIETAS AVGG"
     Pietas (Piety, Dutifulness) standing half-left, holding box of perfume and raising right hand over altar; Greek character delta in field..

Note This coin, with the Greek mint mark in field is part of the series of her husband and son.

Pietas standing half-left, holding box of perfume and raising right hand; delta in field.

Sear - 2630 Seaby - 42a VM - 11 RIC - 134
Obverse featuring Diademed and draped bust right, on crescent
Obverse: "MARC
OTACI SEVERA AVG"
  
Diademed and draped bust right, on crescent



Mint and Year: Antioch - undated (AD 247 - 249)
Weight:      3.48 grams
Die axis:    15 degrees
Rarity:     rare, Bland #10, Qty. known = 9


Reverse: "PIETAS AVG . N"
     Pietas (Piety, Dutifulness) standing half-left, holding globe and short scepter; child standing before her
.

Note: Philip collector, Ignasi Serrahima, brought it to my attention that this coin, as well as the RIC plate coin, have an unusual variation of the obverse legend "MARC OTACI SEVERA AVG" without the "L" in OTACIL.  Nice catch Ignasi and thank you for the feedback.

Pietas standing half-left, holding box of perfume and raising right hand; delta in field.

Sear -  Seaby - 42a(v) VM - RIC -
Obverse featuring Diademed and draped bust right, on crescent Obverse: "MARCIA OTAC-ILIA SEVERA AVG"
  
Diademed and draped bust right, on crescent


Mint and Year: Antioch - undated (AD 244-246)
Weight:      3.92 grams
Die axis:    195 degrees
Rarity:     rare
 with later obverse legend, previously unknown with this legend.
              Bland #Unlisted, Qty. known = 0 (now 1)

Reverse: "PIETAS AVG . N"
     Pietas (Piety, Dutifulness) standing half-left, holding globe and short scepter; child standing before her
.

Note:  The Antioch mint employed a long form of the obverse legend for its initial issue, then promptly replaced it with the abbreviated legend (see previous coin).  This was the first recorded antoninianus of Otacilia with the long legend.  There is now (December 2004) a second specimen with this obverse, but the CONCORDIA AVGVSTI reverse, It is being offered in the Gemini auction at the NY International.  Anyone wishing to buy that coin and donate it to my collection so that both specimens are together will earn my sincere thanks.  Oh yes, the estimate for the other specimen is $3,500.  Good luck.

Pietas standing half-left, holding box of perfume and raising right hand; delta in field.

Sear - 2631 Seaby - 43a VM - 12 RIC - 130
Obverse featuring Diademed and draped bust right, on crescent Obverse: "OTACIL SEVERA AVG"
  
Diademed and draped bust right, on crescent


Mint and Year: Rome - undated (AD 248-249)
Weight:      2.62 grams
Die axis:    15 degrees
Rarity:     common



Reverse: "PIETAS AVGVSTAE"
     Pietas (Piety, Dutifulness) standing half-left, holding box of perfume and raising right hand..

Note:  This reverse has the right arm up quite high compared to the normal reverse on the next example.  Philip I Felicitas coins moved from the raised arm to an extended arm.  that may have occurred here as well suggesting that this coin could be an early issue of this reverse.  The weight of this example is a concern and may indicate an unofficial issue.

Pietas standing half-left, holding box of perfume and raising right hand; delta in field.

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