Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antiochia ad Orontem
AYT KAI ANTΩNEINOC(?)-C, Head of Caracalla, laureate, facing right; within dotted border
Large S • C; within laurel wreath terminating in a circle; below, eagle, facing left; all within dotted border
22.16, 6.9g, 7h
VF, tight flan, die fault on reverse, reverse off centre, toned
ex JAZ Numismatics (7 December 2017)
Strikingly similar to the plate coin from McAlee. it shares the same obverse die but was likely struck earlier when the die had less wear. In any case, this coin exhibits less post-strike wear overall.
Lucius Septimius Bassianus . He became known as 'Caracalla' after the Gallic cloak which he regularly wore. He was assassinated by a soldier on route to visiting a temple near Carrhae, whilst stopping briefly to attend to the call of nature. Three days later, Macrinus declared himself emperor. Caracalla's popularity with the military ensured he was not subject to a damnatio memoriae. Notwithstanding this, his reputation and legacy in history remains that of a cruel ruler, whose terrible deeds include the murder of his brother Geta and the massacre of Geta's supporters.