Roman Empire, Septimius Severus - An Indian Imitation

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There was significant trade between Rome and India in the first two centuries AD, with India's perfumes, spices and gems exchanged for Rome's linen, glass and wine. Large quantities of Roman gold and silver coins have been found in South India alongside many examples of local imitations, some faithful to the original style, others not so. Many of these coins display indications of having been mounted for jewellery, suggesting that the style of Roman coins (as well as the precious metal they were made from) was deemed fashionable by the wealthy citizens of India.

From the early third century onwards, direct Indo-Roman trade declined, and communications with India passed into the hands of intermediaries, making the this coin among the latest of its kind.

Septimius Severus AV Aureus. Contemporary Indian imitation, circa AD 202-210. SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right / LIBERALITAS AVGG V, Liberalitas standing left holding scales and cornucopiae. Cf. RIC 277; Cf. Calicó 2478. 7.27g, 20mm, 12h.

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