Septimius Severus

Rome,  CE 206

AR denarius, 3.41 gm, 20 mm, 12h

Obv:  SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right

Rev:  LAETITIA TEMPORVM, the spina of the Circus Maximus decorated as a ship facing left, with the turning posts at its prow and stern, a sail mounted on the central obelisk, and the spina's other monuments visible in between; above the ship, four quadrigas racing left; below, seven animals: an ostrich at left and a bear at right; between them a lion and a lioness chasing a wild ass and a panther attacking a bison

Ref:  RIC 274; BMC 343.  

Near Extremely Fine. Very Rare.

Privately acquired August 2014

ex Colosseo Collection

ex Roma Numismatics, Auction VII, lot 1108

 

Lighting and camera settings can markedly impact the look of a given coin. Here's another image of the coin with a different lamp, different position, and different camera settings.  While the other image more closely resembles the in-hand look in daylight, this picture shows the devices more clearly.