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Caracalla, 198-217 AD, AR Denarius, Felicitas, struck c. 196-198 AD

85.00 AUD

Origin:
Rome mint
Authority:
Septimius Severus and Caracalla
Denomination:
AR Denarius
Composition:
Silver
Date:
circa 196-198 AD
Obverse:
M AVR ANTON CAES PONTIF, Bust of Caracalla, draped, right
Reverse:
IMPERII FELICITAS, Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and child on left arm
Size:
17.73mm, 2.6g, 7h
Grade:
aF, toned, deposits, chipped edge,
Reference:
RIC IV 9; Cohen IV 95; RSC III 95; SRCV II 5574; BMCRE V-
Special Information:
Very youthful portrait of Caracalla
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.
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