RULER CARACALLA DENARIUS ANCIENT
IN 14K YELLOW GOLD
- 198 A.D.
stunning and extremely well detailed GENUINE ancient Roman silver
denarius coin depicting Caracalla as Caesar, makes for a superb
centerpiece of ancient coin
jewelry. The dark toned silver of the coin richly contrasts with the 14
karat polished yellow gold wreath pendant
setting. The detail is remarkable and every minute feature can be
seen in the ancient Roman art on this coin.
This coin was minted under the young Caesar Caracalla
was born April 6, 188 A.D. in Lugundum, Gaul (modern day Lyon, France).
Caracalla's real birth name was Septimius Bassianus but he was renames
Marcus Aurelius Antoninianus in 196 A.D.. The nickname 'Caracalla'
was used starting in 216 A.D. and never officially as it was originally
a derisive term used to describe a type of hooded cloak. The name
came as a result of Caracalla's preference to wear this cloak.
was the older of two
sons of the emperor Septimius Severus and Julia Domna. His He was made
Caesar in 196 and later elevated to
the rank of Augustus with his father, in 198 A.D. at the same time his
younger brother, Geta, was given the rank of Caesar. It was the
intention of their father Severus, for his two sons to rule the Empire together upon his
death. Not a good idea since both brothers deeply hated each other,
constantly fighting even before their appointments. Upon the death
of their father in 211, their fighting broke out into open hostility and
there was even talk of splitting the Roman Empire because of
ruthlessness of Caracalla would not rest and Caracalla had his brother
Geta murdered just three days short of the anniversary of their first year
of joint reign. One version of events claimed Geta was lured to come
without his bodyguards to a meeting with Caracalla and their mother, Julia
Domna, to discuss a possible reconciliation. When Geta arrived, he
was attacked by centurions. Wounded and bleeding, Geta ran to his
mother and clinging to her, died. Caracalla then proceeded to have
all memory of his brother erased and supposedly executed 20,000 of Geta's
following the murder of his brother, several changes were brought about
by Caracalla. All Roman soldiers received increases in pay and
benefits. Most noteworthy was that all free residents of the
Empire were granted Roman citizenship (to increase the taxation base!).
Silver currency was debased by 25% and magnificent heated baths were
constructed in Rome that their remains can still be seen today.
This famous facility was called the Baths of Caracalla.
Caracalla's violent end seemed appropriate for an
emperor who, early in his reign, had his own brother killed. On an
early Spring trip from the camp at Edessa to the temple of the moon-god
at Carrhae, about 25 miles away,Caracalla mistakenly traveled with only
a small, select corps of bodyguards. During the return trip on
April 8, 217, Caracalla stopped alongside the road to relieve himself
and was murdered by some of the very men he trusted.
The first coin
issues featuring Caracalla shown him as a young prince and over the years of
subsequent issues, a gradual maturing and hardening in looks may be seen. The aging of this
Roman ruler as seen through numismatic portraits, is a fascinating topic of
interest to collectors.
Overall diameter is 26 mm.
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