About this artwork
The front (obverse) of this coin portrays the profile head of Emperor Caracalla facing right, laureate, and wearing a cuirass(body armor) and paludamentum (military cloak). The back (reverse) shows the deity Victory, partly draped, advancing left, and holding a wreath and palm.
This coin showing the 16 year old prince was issued by his father, Emperor Septimius Severus. The inscription details the honor (Pontifex - “priest”) and powers (Tribunitian) that the emperor had granted to his son six years earlier. The reverse image shows a winged Victory offering a wreath and palm frond to celebrate the emperor’s “Great Parthian Victory”, spelled out in the inscription.
- Currently Off View
- Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium
- Ancient Roman
- Aureus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Caracalla
- Rome (Minted in)
- 204 CE
- Obverse: ANTON.P.AVG PON TR P VII "Antoninus Pius Augustus, Pontif, holding Tribunican Power for Seventh Time" Reverse: VICT PART.MAX "Great Parthian Victory"
- Diam.: 2.1 cm (7/8 in.)
- Gift of Martin A. Ryerson