Reigned: 193 A.D.

PVBLIVS HELVIVS PERTINAX was born in Northern Italy in 126 to a humble family. He initially became a schoolteacher, but soon entered the army, achieving great success under Marcus Aurelius. He was Praefect of the City of Rome when Commodus was assassinated on December 31, 192 and was urged by the Praetorian Praefect to accept the throne. He did so on January 1, 193 and immediately began to correct all of the abuses and excesses of Commodus. However, the Praetorians grew disgruntled and a group of them broke into the palace on March 28, 193 and slew Pertinax after a reign of only 87 days.(From MONETA, from


The Dupondii

Orichalcum Dupondius 24mm, 14.26g Jan 1 - March 28, 193 A.D. Rome

Obv: IMP CAES P HELV PERTIN AVG. Radiate head right.

Rx: VOT DECEN TR P COS II S - C. Pertinax, veiled, standing left sacrificing from patera over tripod-altar.

RIC IV 31a, SR 6058.  Mark Lehman Collection