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Antoninianus (Coin) Portraying Otacilia Servera

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

248, issued by Emperor Philip the Arab

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

Obverse: Bust of Otacilia Servera diademed to right
Reverse: Hippopotomus to right

This coin was issued to commemorate the Roman Millennium. The lavish birthday celebration featured one thousand gladiators who fought to the death and thousands of exotic animals like this hippopotamus, native to Egypt. Supplying the Romans with African animals for the games was a flourishing business.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Antoninianus (Coin) Portraying Otacilia Servera

Origin

Rome

Date

248 CE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Obverse: OTACIL SEVERA AVG Reverse: SAECVLARES AVGG In Exergue: IIII

Dimensions

Diam. 2.3 cm; 4.13 g

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1922.4898

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