Laodicea, 206 AD. AR denarius, 3.77 gr.
Obv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG; laureate head of Septimius Severus to the right.
Rev: COS III P P; Victory walking left, with wreath and palm-branch.
Ref: RIC 526
Septimius Severus became emperor after the short reign of Didius Julianus. His family originated from Leptis Magna, a city in north-Africa. It was rumoured that his mother couldn’t speak proper Latin and that, after the family moved to Rome, she wasn’t allowed to appear in public.