Rare Emperor Septimius Severus Roman Empire Alexandria Mint silver denarius coin.
Struck 193/4 CE, RSC 276, RIC 347 (rated as Rare).
Certified by NGC to Ch VF, Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5, 2.59g.
The attribution to the Alexandria mint is annotated by NGC with a question mark. However stylistic similarities with concurrently issued Roman Egyptian drachms and tetradrachms make this attribution a certainty. The style of the emperor's head (eyes, beard and mustache) match the drachm/tetradrachm coinage.
Obverse: IMP CAE L SEPT SEV PERT AVG, laureate bust of emperor.
Reverse: APOLLINI AVGVSTO, Apollo standing left holding patera and lyre.
Apollo has been recognized as a god of music, truth and prophecy, healing, the sun and light, plague, poetry, and more. Apollo is the son of Zeus and Leto, and has a twin sister, the chaste huntress Artemis.