Caracalla, 198-217 AD, AR Denarius, Liberalitas, struck 213-217 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Caracalla
City/Region:
Rome mint
Denomination:
AR Denarius
Composition:
Silver
Date:
213-217 AD
Obverse:
ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Head of Caracalla, laureate, right
Reverse:
LIBERAL AVG VIIII, Liberalitas, draped, standing front, head left, holding abacus up in right hand and cornucopiae in left, fold of drapery falling over left arm
Size:
19.22mm, 2.5g, 12h
Grade:
Choice gVF, filled reverse die, lustrous surfaces
References:
BMCRE V 70; RIC IV 302; Cohen IV 139; RSC III 139; SRCV II 6814

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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.