Caracalla [Antoninus] (28th January AD 198 - 8th April AD 217)

Born in Lugdunum (Lyons), the Roman emperor known as Caracalla was probably originally named Lucius Septimius Bassianus, but was called Marcus Aurelius Antoninus from the age of seven. Caracalla's father, Septimius Severus, made Caracalla Caesar in AD 196, and Augustus in AD 198. Caracalla gained much military experience campaigning with his father in Britain, and followed in the ancient Roman tradition of fratricide (begun by Romulus when he killed Remus) by killing his brother Geta in AD 212, shortly after they both succeeded Septimius Severus to the imperial throne. Caracalla staged the assassination so that his brother died in his mother Julia Domna's arms. He then carried out a blood bath, killing as many as 20,000 supporters of Geta. Caracalla bought the affection of the army, but was himself assassinated by his praetorian prefect, Macrinus, on April 8, AD 217.

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Caracalla 'Spes' Denarius 025360

Scarce Caracalla 'Spes' Denarius
Silver, 3.31 grams, 17.83 mm. Rome. 196 AD. Obverse: M AVR ANTONINVS CAES, bare-headed, draped, cuirassed bust right. Reverse: SPEI PERPETVAE, Spes walking left, holding flower and raising hem of robe. RIC 5; Sear 6680; RSC 594. Good fine/fine.
£40.00

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Caracalla 'Spes' Denarius 025360
Caracalla 'Trophy and Captives' Denarius 025264

Caracalla 'Trophy and Captives' Denarius
Silver, 3.13 grams, 18.09 mm. Rome. 201 AD. Obverse: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, youthful, laureate, draped bust right. Reverse: PART MAX PONT TR P IIII, trophy with two Persians bound and seated back to back at its base. RIC 54b; RSC 175; Sear5 6853. Extremely fine/good very fine.
£70.00

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Caracalla 'Trophy and Captives' Denarius 025264
Caracalla 'Indulgentia' Denarius 025266

Caracalla 'Indulgentia' Denarius
Silver, 3.29 grams, 19.26 mm. Rome. 213 AD. Obverse: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, laureate head right. Reverse: INDVLGENTIAE AVG, Indulgentia seated left holding patera and sceptre. RIC 300; RSC 103; Sear 6808. Extremely fine.
£80.00

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Caracalla 'Indulgentia' Denarius 025266
Caracalla 'Jupiter' Denarius 025263

Caracalla 'Jupiter' Denarius
Silver, 3.23 grams, 19.83 mm. Rome. 216 AD. Obverse: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, laureate head right. Reverse: P M TR P XVIIII COS IIII P P, Jupiter standing facing, head left, holding thunderbolt and sceptre. RIC 275a; RSC 337; Sear 6836 var (tribunal year). Extremely fine.
£80.00

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Caracalla 'Jupiter' Denarius 025263
Caracalla 'Emperor Sacrificing' Denarius 023925

Caracalla 'Emperor Sacrificing' Denarius
Silver, 2.47 grams, 19.09 mm. Rome. 206-210 AD. Obverse: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right. Reverse: VOTA SVSCEPTA X, Caracalla veiled, standing left, sacrificing with patera over tripod altar. RIC 179; Sear (1988) 1965; RSC 689. Extremely fine.
£70.00

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Caracalla 'Emperor Sacrificing' Denarius 023925
Caracalla 'Felicitas' Denarius 025284

Caracalla 'Felicitas' Denarius
Silver, 2.93 grams, 20.08 mm. Obverse: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right. Reverse: FELICITAS AVGG, Felicitas standing left, holding short caduceus and cornucopiae. RIC 127; Sear 6799; RSC 64. Near extremely fine.

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