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Pescennius Niger (193-194 AD)

Born Caius Pescennius Niger between the years 135 and 140 AD. In 190 AD he was made Consul and the next year was governor of Syria. His troops proclaimed him emperor in April of 193 AD following the murder of Pertinax. Unfortunately for him, Septimius Severus had also been proclaimed emperor by his troops and had already taken Rome. In April of 194 AD his army was defeated on the plains of Issus, the same place where Alexander the Great defeated the army of the Persian Darius. Niger fled towards the Euphrates after the battle was lost, but was captured and executed.

RIC IV, Part I - Pescennius Niger, 76: AR Denarius, 17x19mm (Antioch) 193-194 AD
Obverse: IMP CAES PESC - NIGER IVST AVG
Laureated head of Pescennius Niger right.
Reverse: SALVTI - AVGVS
Salus standing right by altar, feeding snake held in her arms.

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