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Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D.

Publius Septimius Geta was the younger son of Septimius Severus and Julia Domna. No love was lost between him and his older brother Caracalla, and although at their father's deathbed they pledged to remain united, within months each had their own rival factions and vied with each for supremacy. Pretending reconciliation, Caracalla scheduled a meeting at their mother's house where instead Geta was ambushed and murdered. Geta died in his mother's arms.

Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., with his brother Geta

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SH33740. Silver denarius, Lanz 120, 426 (same dies); RIC IV -, RSC III -, nice VF, weight 3.270 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 180o, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria) mint, 199 A.D.; obverse IMP CAE M AVR ANT AVG P TR P II, laureate and draped bust of Caracalla right; reverse P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES, draped bust of Geta right; extremely rare; SOLD

Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D., Caracalla and Geta reverse

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Part of the interesting dynastic Severan series, which comprises coins that display portraits of two, three, or all four members of Septimius Severus' family. The Julia Domna obverse/ Caracalla and Geta reverse comes in three varieties. The most common is the one with both brothers wearing paludamentum and often cuirass. In the past years we note 13 different specimens. On our coin the reverse has plain heads, and we can't trace any specimen auctioned in the recent years. RIC lists both types as R3, obviously in error. Neither was present in the Reka Devnia hoard.
SH25338. Silver denarius, RIC IV S541, RSC III 3, SRCV II 6534 var., Choice gVF, near full circle centering, light toning, weight 3.290 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 201 A.D.; obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse AETERNIT IMPERI, confronted heads of Caracalla (on left) laureate right and Geta Caesar bare head left; very rare; SOLD

Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Severan Dynastic Denarius

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One of Rome's great story coins. Shortly before his death, Severus advised his sons, "Agree with each other, give money to the soldiers and scorn all other men." But the brothers hated each other and their rivalry intensified upon his death. The two emperors lived in separate palaces and each had their own guard. In December 211, Caracalla convinced their mother, Julia Domna, to call Geta for a reconciliation meeting in her residence. It was a trick. In his mother's house Caracalla's soldiers attacked. Geta died in their mother's arms.
SH33739. Silver denarius, RIC IV 251 var. (Caracalla draped and cuirassed), RSC III 6 var. (same), Vagi 1709, Choice VF, weight 3.464 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 202 - 210 A.D.; obverse SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse AETERNIT IMPERI, bust of Caracalla laureate and draped facing bust of Geta bare-headed and draped; rare; SOLD

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This type refers to military campaign successes in northern Britain. Geta and Caracalla accompanied their father to Britain and when Geta was promoted to Augustus, it was the first time ever three emperors had ruled. Geta primarily remained in Eburacum (York) and London serving in an administrative role.
RS76963. Silver denarius, RIC IV 91 (S); BMCRE V p. 369, 67; RSC III 220; SRCV II 7255; Hunter III -, Choice EF, superb portrait, well centered, slight die wear, weight 3.135 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, Rome mint, 210 A.D.; obverse P SEPT GETA PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate and bearded head right; reverse VICTORIAE BRIT (victories over the British), Victory advancing right, raising wreath in right hand, palm frond in left hand over left shoulder; SOLD

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Between 209 and their father's death in February 211, both brothers were shown as equally mature young men with a short full beard. Both sons were presented as equally suitable heirs to the throne, showing thus more "depth" to the dynasty. Between the death of Septimius Severus and the assassination of Geta, Caracalla's portraits did not change, while Geta was depicted with a long beard with hanging hairs much like his father, a strong indication of Geta's efforts to be seen as the "true" successor of his father.
RS28429. Silver denarius, RIC IV 79, RSC III 197, BMCRE V 12, Choice EF, weight 3.294 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 211 A.D.; obverse P SEPT GETA PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverse TR P III COS II P P, Janus standing left, faces left and right, inverted spear in right hand, thunderbolt in left; superb protrait as Augustus, interesting reverse type; scarce; SOLD

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In Roman religion, every man has a genius, a presiding spirit. In De Die Natali, Censorinus says, from the moment we are born, we live under the guard and tutelage of Genius. Cities, organizations, and peoples also had a genius. On coins, we find inscriptions to the Genius of the Roman people, of the Senate, of the Emperor, etc.
RS79615. Silver denarius, RIC IV 59(a); RSC III 114; BMCRE V p. 274, 579; Hunter III 24; SRCV II 7187, Choice EF, superb portrait, mint luster, near perfect centering, small edge cracks, weight 3.737 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 208 A.D.; obverse P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES, bearded, draped bust right, from behind; reverse PONTIF COS II (priest, consul for the 2nd time), Genius standing left, sacrificing from patera in right hand over flaming altar, ears of grain downward in left hand; SOLD

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Fortuna Redux, one of the many aspects of Fortuna, was in charge of bringing people home safely, primarily from wars - redux means "coming back" or "returning." She may be one of the later aspects of Fortuna, as the earliest mention of her is on an altar dedicated by the Senate in 19 B.C. for the safe return of Emperor Augustus.
SH12554. Copper as, RIC IV 175a, SRCV II 7279, VF, weight 12.008 g, maximum diameter 26.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 210 A.D.; obverse P SEPTIMIVS GETA PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverse FORT RED TR P III COS II S C, Fortuna seated left holding rudder in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, wheel under throne; nice green patina, small old scratch above ear; scarce; SOLD

Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D., Tyre, Phoenicia

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RY10732. Silver tetradrachm, Prieur 1537, Choice gVF, nicely centered, nice metal, weight 14.26 g, maximum diameter 27.3 mm, die axis 0o, Tyre mint, 209 - 212 A.D.; obverse AYT KAI ΓETAC CEB, laureate head right; reverse ∆HMAPX EΞ VΠATOC TO B (holder of Tribunitian power, consul for the 2nd time), eagle standing facing on club, head left, holding wreath in beak, murex shell between legs; SOLD

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Minerva, equated with the Greek Athena, was the Roman virgin warrior goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts, magic, and the inventor of music. She was worshiped on the Capitoline Hill as one of the Capitoline Triad along with Jupiter and Juno.
SH28445. Silver denarius, RIC IV 105(a); RSC III 83; BMCRE V p. 302, 751; Hunter III p. 77, 55; SRCV II 7181, Choice EF, weight 3.114 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 0o, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria) mint, c. 202 - 203 A.D.; obverse P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES, bare headed, draped bust right, seen from behind; reverse MINERV SANCT (sacred Minerva), Minerva standing half left, resting right hand on shield, inverted spear in left hand; scarce; SOLD

Caracalla [and Geta], 198 - 212 A.D., Stratonicea, Caria, Damnatio Memoriae

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After Geta's murder, Caracalla damned his memory, Damnatio Memoriae, requiring the destruction of every reference to his younger brother. Both Geta's portrait and legend were intentionally erased from this coin. The countermark shows an older Caracalla.
SH60677. Bronze AE 36, SNGvA 2687, SNG Cop -; countermark: Howgego 84, aF, flan crack, weight 19.254 g, maximum diameter 36.4 mm, die axis 0o, Stratonicea mint, 198 - 212 A.D.; obverse [MAP ANTΩNINON CE...], confronted laureate and draped busts of Caracalla and Geta [the bust of Geta erased]; countermark: laureate bearded bust of Caracalla right in round punch; reverse [EΠI EΠITYNXANONTOΣ TOY ΦIΛΩNOΣ ΣTPATONIKEN], Hekate standing facing, head left, patera in right hand, torch in left hand, altar at feet left; rare; SOLD


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