ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Head of Caracalla, laureate, right
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
19.22mm, 2.5g, 12h
Choice gVF, filled reverse die, lustrous 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.