Caracalla, 198-217 AD, AR Denarius, Jupiter, struck 217 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Caracalla
City/Region:
Rome mint
Denomination:
AR Denarius
Composition:
Silver
Date:
217 AD
Obverse:
ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Head of Caracalla, laureate, right
Reverse:
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
Size:
18.18mm, 2.9g, 7h
Grade:
gVF, toned, granular surfaces
References:
BMCRE V 181; RIC IV 286; Cohen IV 373 (Jupiter standing left); RSC III 373

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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.