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3520452
352, Lot: 452. Estimate $100.
Sold for $75. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Caracalla. AD 198-217. Æ As (25mm, 9.89 g, 12h). British Victory type. Rome mint. Struck AD 214. Laureate head right / Victory standing left, holding trophy in both hands; at feet to left, suppliant figure kneeling right. RIC IV 534. VF, green-brown patina.


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 Caracalla became so angry that he appeared ready to stab his father in the back before the whole of the 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.