ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Head of Caracalla, laureate, right
PM TR P XVIII COS IIII P P, Apollo, naked but for cloak hanging from his shoulders behind him, standing front, head left, holding branch in right hand and resting left on lyre on low base
18.88mm, 3.6g, 6h
gVF, well toned, some granularity
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.