ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Head of Caracalla, laureate, right
PM TR P XX COS IIII P P, Jupiter, naked but for cloak over left shoulder, standing front, head left, holding thunderbolt in right hand and vertical sceptre in left
18.18mm, 2.9g, 7h
gVF, toned, granular surfaces
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.