Caracalla, with Julia Domna; struck under Quintillianus, legatus consularis
Moesia Inferior, Marcianopolis
ANTΩNINOC AVΓOVCTOC IOVΛIA ΔOMNA, confronted busts of Caracalla, laureate, and Julia Domna, draped
VΠ KVNTIΛIANOV MAΡKIANOΠOΛITΩN, Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae, E (epsilon) to left
28.25mm, 11.8g, 7h
aVF, well centred, centration dimple, slight die cud on obverse, sharp legends, repatinated surfaces
Solidus Numismatik e.K. Monthly Auction 24 (14 Jan 2018), Lot 2162 (part of)
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. This coin was struck under the consular legate Quintillianus in Marcianopolis, a city founded by Trajan and named after his sister, Marciana.