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352, Lot: 450. Estimate $100.
Sold for $75. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Caracalla. AD 198-217. AR Denarius (20mm, 3.40 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck circa AD 210-211. Laureate head right / VICTORIAE BRIT, Victory advancing right, holding trophy with both hands. RIC IV 231A; RSC 629. VF, flan crack.


From the Dr. George Spradling Collection.

Septimius Severus waged his last military campaign against the Caledionians on the northern border of Britain, where he himself died at his campaign headquarters at York in February AD 211. Among those who accompanied him on the campaign were his wife Julia Domna, as well as his sons, Caracalla and Geta. Septimius and Caracalla commanded this campaign; Caracalla became sole commander after his father had fallen ill. The two often did not agree on matters of strategy, and we are told that at one point that Caracalla became so angry that he appeared ready to stab his father in the back before the entire army. Upon Severus' death at York in February AD 211, Caracalla made peace with the Caledonians on less-than-favorable terms, which required the Romans retreat to the agreed border of Hadrian’s Wall.