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Roman Empire

Ruler: Clodius Albinus Caesar under Septimius Severus
Reigned: Caesar 193-195 AD: Augustus 195 AD-197 AD
Denomination: AR Denarius
Mint: Rome
Date of Issue: 194 AD
Obverse: Bare head right "D. CL. SEPT. ALBIN. CAES"
Reverse: Roma seated left on round shield holding palladium and spear. "ROMAE AETERNAE"
Reference: RCV 1730, RSC 61, RCVM 6146, RIC 11a
Weight: 2.8 gms
Diameter: 18.4 mm

CLODIUS ALBINUS (Decimus Clodius Septimius Albinus)

  • Clodius Albinus was born at Hadrumetum in Africa.
  • He worked his way up in the army and at the death of Pertinax, he was governor of Britain.
  • Septimius Severus, in order to keep the West quiet whilst he consolidated his position, offered Albinus the title of Caesar, which he accepted.
  • In 195 when he Italy and the East were under his control, Severus had Albinus declared a public enemy.
  • Albinus, having been saluted as Augustus by his troops, set out to fight Severus, but after some initial successes he was battle fought on February 19th, 197 AD near Lugdunum (Lyons).
  • He then committed suicide and his body, together with those of his wife and children who were put to death, was thrown into the Rhone.

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