Septimius Severus Denarius, Roma reverse
Silver; 19mm/2.8gm, Rome mint, struck c. 201 AD
Obv/ SEVERVS PIVS AVG; laureate head right.
Rev/ RESTITVTOR VRBIS ; Roma seated l. on shield, holding spear and palladium.
Con/ plow break at 10-12 h., otherwise at near Mint State
Ref/ RIC Vol 4a 288
Seller's Note/ So why is Severus calling himself the Restorer of the City? This refers to his urban renewal program begun in Rome c. 201 AD. Just in case you're not familiar with a palladium, it was the cult image of Minerva = the Roman equivalent of the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, Athena. The message here is that "Your wise emperor is rebuilding the City of Rome for all citizens." A very slick bit of propaganda to assuage the Rome citizens who just got kicked out of their homes, that this is in their best interest.