Caracalla, 198-217 AD, AR Denarius, Emperor Sacrificing at Altar, struck 217 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Caracalla
City/Region:
Rome mint
Denomination:
AR Denarius
Composition:
Silver
Date:
217 AD
Obverse:
ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Head of Caracalla, laureate, right
Reverse:
VOTA SVSCEPTA X, Caracalla, veiled, draped, standing front, head left, sacrificing out of patera in right hand over lighted tripod left, and holding roll in left hand at side
Size:
19.77mm, 2.9g, 12h
Grade:
gVF, weak reverse strike, worn reverse die, toned
References:
BMCRE V 524-526; RIC IV 179; Cohen IV 689; RSC III 689; SRCV II 1965

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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.