Otacilia Severa CE 244-249

AR Antoninianus, 3.35g., Rome mint, 4th officina, C.E. 247-248,

Tantalus ID#35553

o: diademed draped bust of Otacilia right, on crescent, OTACIL SEVERA AVG,

rev: Pieta standing left, right hand raised, incense box in left, PIETAS AVGVSTAE,

(RCV 9158; RIC 130), cf. "The Cambridge Hoard of 1897 Revisited" in The Celator (June 2008, 22:6, pp. 6-20) this coin is fig. 1 in the article.

Provenance: Ex: York Coins;

William C. Boyd (1840-1906) Collection,

Baldwin's Auctions (42), 26 September 2005. part of lot 590

Purchased by Boyd himself from A.H. Sadd, April 1897.

Ex Cambridge Hoard, (Cambridgeshire, England), 1897.

Boyd's cabinet card accompanying this coin.

On April 29, 1897, William C. Boyd (1840-1906) presented a paper entitled “A Find of Roman Denarii near Cambridge” to the Royal Numismatic Society. As later recorded in the published version in The Numismatic Chronicle (XVII:VI:119-126 [1897]) Boyd related that, “At the end of last month I was enabled to secure, as I believe, the whole of a small find of Roman Denarii which had been dug up a short time before in the neighborhood of Cambridge.”He listed this coin as one of two depicting Otacilia Severa that were found in this hoard.

Boyd listed 193 coins found, though the mixed hoard is recorded in Robertson’s Inventory #447 and is listed as containing 155 Denarii and 52 Antoniniani, from Clodius Albinus to Philip II, with a deposition date of C.E. 248 onwards. The explanation for the discrepancy between Boyd and Robertson is that after Boyd published his article F. W. Hasluck (1878-1920) wrote that there were a further 14 coins from the hoard that were not described by Boyd in his article including three specific types not mentioned by him.

According to Jérôme Mairat this coin belongs to the 11th and final emission in CE 249.

William C. Boyd, photograph from Baldwin's Auction Catalogue, 2005.