Niger was the governor of Syria at the time of Pertinax's murder.
When he heard what had happened he decided he was the right man for the job. His
soldiers quickly fell in line and off they went to Rome. A little kink in their
plans cropped up when news reached them that the army of Septimius Severus had
the same plans. Niger judiciously figured that his chances of defeating Severus
in the open field were not good so he retreated at once back to Syria to await
Severus on his own turf. Although this made things a bit more difficult for
Severus, however, he was still able to defeat his rival in separate battles and
AR Denarius April/1 June 193--March/May 194 A.D.
2.4 g., 17.4 mm.
Obv. [IMP CAES PESC]E NIGERIVSTI AV: Laureate head right
Rev. BONI EVENTVS: Bonus Eventus standing front, head left, holding basket of fruit and heads of grain