The Barry P. Murphy Collection of Severan Denarii

 

 

Caracalla - Rome Mint Page 2

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CARACALLA. 198-217 AD. AR Denarius (2.69 gm). Struck 209 AD. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right / PONTIF TR P XII COS III, Concordia seated left, holding patera in right hand, double cornucopiae in left. RIC IV 111; BMCRE 10; RSC 465.

 

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SEV-369   CARACALLA. 198-217 AD. AR Denarius (3.43 gm). Struck 209 AD. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right / PONTIF TR P XII COS III, Virtus standing right, left foot on helmet, holding spear in right hand, parazonium in left. RIC IV 112; BMCRE 13; RSC 464.   

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SEV-370   CARACALLA. 198-217 AD. AR Denarius (3.59 gm). Struck 210-211 AD. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate head right / VICTO-RI-AE BRIT, Victory walking left, holding wreath in right hand, palm in left. RIC IV 231; BMCRE 105; RSC 632.   

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SEV-371   CARACALLA. 198-217 AD. AR Denarius (2.92 gm). Struck 212 AD. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate head right / P M TR P XV COS III P P, Hercules standing left, holding branch in right hand, club in left. RIC IV 192; BMCRE 35; RSC 196.   

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SEV-372   CARACALLA. 198-217 AD. AR Denarius (3.47 gm). Struck 212 AD. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate head right / P M TR P XV COS III P P, Annona seated left, holding grain ears in right hand over modius, cornucopiae in left. RIC IV 195; BMCRE 43; RSC 205a.  Interesting reverse die with XV cut over a XIIII from the previous year.  

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SEV-373   CARACALLA. 198-217 AD. AR Denarius (3.08 gm). Struck 212 AD. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate head right / P M TR P XV COS III P P, elephant standing right. RIC IV 199; BMCRE 47; RSC 208. Scarce type. Interesting reverse die with XV cut over a XIIII from the previous year.    

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SEV-374   CARACALLA. 198-217 AD. AR Denarius (3.43 gm). Struck 212-213 AD. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate head right / MARTI PROPVGNATORI, Mars advancing left, holding spear in right hand, trophy over left shoulder. RIC IV 223; BMCRE 87; RSC 150.   

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SEV-375   CARACALLA. 198-217 AD. AR Denarius (3.58 gm). Struck 213 AD. ANTONINVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate head right / P M TR P XVI COS IIII P P, Libertas standing left, holding pileus in right hand, sceptre in left. RIC IV 209(b); BMCRE 57 note; RSC 226.   

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SEV-376   CARACALLA. 198-217 AD. AR Denarius (2.93 gm). Struck 215 AD. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, laureate head right / P M TR P XVIII COS IIII P P, Fides Militum standing left, holding standard in each hand. RIC IV 266; BMCRE 143; RSC 315.  

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SEV-377   CARACALLA. 198-217 AD. AR Denarius (3.65 gm). Struck 215 AD. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, laureate head right / P M TR P XVIII COS IIII P P, Pax standing left, holding branch in right hand, sceptre in left. RIC IV 268; BMCRE 147; RSC 314.   

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SEV-378   CARACALLA. 198-217 AD. AR Denarius (2.72 gm). Struck January-April 217 AD. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, laureate head right / VIC PART P M TR P XX COS IIII P P, Caracalla standing left, holding globe and sceptre, being crowned by Victory who stands behind him; small captive at Caracalla's feet. RIC IV 299e; BMCRE 200 note; RSC 655.  Rare type.  In early 216 AD, Caracalla assembled a substantial force (at least 8 legions) along the Syrian frontier, for what would prove to be Caracalla's final triumph. The Parthian empire had been engaged in a civil war since 213, with Vologases V in control of half the empire and Artabanus V in control of the other half. Caracalla took advantage of this division and sided with Artabanus, even proposing marriage with Artabanus' daughter to cement the alliance. The plan went awry though, and Caracalla marched against an unprepared Artabanus. After ravaging the countryside east of the Tigris unhindered, Caracalla returned to Edessa to spend the winter. It is this "victory" that is celebrated on this coin. Caracalla no doubt would also have assumed the title Parthicus and celebrated a 4th acclamation of imperator had his life not been suddenly cut short on April 8, 217 AD.    

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