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Caracalla, 198-217 AD, Lydia, Thyatira, AE21, Tyche Soterios

137.51 €

Origin:
Lydia, Thyatira
Authority:
Caracalla
Denomination:
AE21
Composition:
Bronze
Date:
198-217 AD
Obverse:
ANTΩ NEINOC, Head of Caracalla, laureate, draped, and cuirassed, facing right; within dotted border
Reverse:
ΦVATEIP ΗΝΩΝ, Tyche Soteiros (Fortuna Redux), standing left; in right hand, rudder, in left arm, cornucopia; all within dotted border
Size:
21.03, 4.2g, 6h
Grade:
VF, pleasant style, desert patina, reverse struck slightly off centre
Rarity:
rare
Rarity Details:
only one specimen found on acsearch
Provenance:
ex JAZ Numismatics (2018)
Reference:
cf. BMC Lydia [Thyatira] p. 311, 104-106; cf. SNG Copenhagen 610; cf. SNG von Aulock 3228; Lindgren III -; SGICV -
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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