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Caracalla, 198-217 AD, Phoenicia, Tyre, AR Tetradrachm, Eagle, struck c. 213-217 AD, Prieur Plate Coin

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Information: Plate coin from Prieur, M. & K. Prieur. The Syro-Phoenician Tetradrachms and their fractions from 57 BC to AD 258. (Lancaster, PA, 2000).
Origin: Phoenicia, Tyre
Authority: Caracalla
Denomination: AR Tetradrachm
Composition: Silver
Date: 213-217 AD; Δ in reverse legend = Consulship IV
Obverse: AYT KAI AN TωNINOC CE, Laureate head right; slight drapery at front
Reverse: ·ΔΗΜΑΡΧ·ΕΞ·ΥΠΑΤOCTO·Δ·, Eagle to front, head and tail left and wings spread, standing on club, half left; murex shell between legs
Size: 25.70mm, 10.6g, 12h
Grade: aVF, boldly struck, darkly toned
Provenance: Pedigreed: Prieur Plate Coin: from the Michel Prieur Collection, ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 449 (31 July 2019), Lot 356
References: Prieur 1548 (this coin cited and illustrated); cf. BMC Phoenicia p. 304, 38-41; McAlee - ; Butcher -;
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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