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SOLD: Caracalla, 198-217 AD, AR Denarius, Roma, struck 202 AD

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Information: Very youthful portrait of Caracalla
Origin: Rome mint
Authority: Septimius Severus and Caracalla
Denomination: AR Denarius
Composition: Silver
Date: 202 AD
Obverse: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Head of Caracalla, laureate, draped, right
Reverse: VOT SVSC DEC PON TR P V COS, Caracalla, veiled, togate, standing front, head left, sacrificing out of patera in right hand over lighted tripod left and holding roll in left hand at side
Size: 18.48mm, 2.7g, 6h
Grade: aEF, worn reverse die, lightly toned, lustrous surfaces
References: BMCRE V 396-397; RIC IV 68; Cohen IV 686; RSC III 686; SRCV II 6908
General: 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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