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AD 198-217 AR Denarius Roman Empire - Caracalla Collection Obverse

AD 198-217 AR Denarius Roman Empire - Caracalla Collection



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AD 198-217 AR Denarius Roman Empire - Caracalla Collection 

Caracalla, formally known as Antoninus was a member of the Severan Dynasty. First named co-emperor with his father, Septimius Severus in 198, he did not rule alone until Severus died in 211. To maintain a solo reign, Caracalla murdered his brother Geta and ruled alone from 211 until 217. Caracalla had many names and nicknames including Tarautas who was a blood thirsty and ugly gladiator many thought Caracalla resembled. This persona describes many actions of Caracalla’s reign. When he murdered his brother, many of Geta’s associated and friends were ordered to be put to death. In 212-213 during expeditions against German Tribes, Caracalla massacred an allied German force. Caracalla enacted the Constitutio Antoniniana de Civitate with the sole purpose of collecting more taxes. The unpredictability led to Macrinus, commander of the imperial guard and Caracalla’s successor, to plot against the emperor for assassination at the start of his second campaign against the Parthians. Caracalla was said to embrace his reputation as harsh and blood thirsty, so much that he intentionally reinforced an expression of vehemence and cruelty in his portraits, possibly to spread terror and fear. Caracalla, like many Roman emperors, had an admiration of Macedonia. Caracalla’s admiration became an obsession particularly with Alexander the Great. The obsession became so great it prompted an adoption of physical characteristics such as clothes and even an alleged plan to conquer the Parthian empire. Caracalla had himself portrayed as a god on his coinage, which can be observed on the obverse of these silver denarii.

This coin is made from Silver (ranging from high purity to 25% pure), denoted by the AR next to its denomination.

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