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Caracalla, 198-217 AD, Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch, AR Tetradrachm, Eagle, struck c. 214-215 AD, Prieur Plate Coin

925.00 AUD

Origin:
Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antiochia ad Orontem
Authority:
Caracalla
Denomination:
AR Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
circa 214-215 AD ( Δ in reverse legend = Consulship IV), part of the first issue
Obverse:
ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝΟC··CEB ΑYΤΚ·Μ·A, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla, left, seen from behind
Reverse:
ΔΗΜΑΡΧ· ΕΞ· [ΥΠΑ·ΤΟC] TO·Δ, Eagle, head and tail right, standing on the leg and thigh of a sacrificial animal
Size:
26.60mm, 13.5g, 11h
Grade:
Choice EF, filled reverse die in part of legend, nicely toned
Provenance:
Prieur plate coin; from the Michael Prieur Collection, ex Classical Numismatic Group Auction 111 (29 May 2019), Lot 539
Reference:
Prieur 221 (this coin, illustrated); McAlee 679; Butcher p. 115, 2; BMC Galatia -; Butcher -
Special Information:
Plate coin from Prieur, M. & K. Prieur. The Syro-Phoenician Tetradrachms and their fractions from 57 BC to AD 258. (Lancaster, PA, 2000).
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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