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Research Coins: Feature Auction

 
611943
Sale: CNG 61, Lot: 1943. Estimate $2500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2002. 
Sold For $3400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CARACALLA. 198-217 AD. AV Aureus (6.92 gm). Struck 211 AD. Laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder / Caracalla standing left, holding parazonium and spear, right foot on reclining river-god, water flowing from a rock below. RIC -; BMCRE -; Cohen -. VF. Unpublished variety, and the second recorded specimen. ($2500)

From the Marc Melcher Collection.

Struck shortly after Caracalla's return from Britain, this type is the last of of the British Victory types. An identical type is recorded for Geta in 211 (BMCRE 18), where the figure on the ground is called Britania, but it obviously represent a river-god, as attested by the flowing water, perhaps the Tyne or the English Channel.