Aureus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Caracalla

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Date:

AD 204 (January/April), issued by Septimius Severus

Artist:

Roman, minted in Rome.

About this artwork

Obverse: Bust of Caracalla right, laureate, wearing cuirass and paludamentum
Reverse: Victory, partly draped, advancing left, holding 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.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Aureus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Caracalla

Origin

Rome

Date

204 AD

Medium

Gold

Inscriptions

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"

Dimensions

Diam. 2.1 cm; 7.23 g

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1922.4884

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