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Sale: CNG 73, Lot: 949. Estimate $2000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2006. 
Sold For $2000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Caracalla. AD 198-217. Æ Sestertius (29.01 g, 12h). Struck AD 211. Laureate bust right, drapery on neck / VICTORIAE BRITTANNICAE, Victory standing right, her foot on helmet, erecting trophy, woman standing beside seated and bound captive to right. RIC IV 464; Banti 132. Good VF.

Beginning in AD 208, Septimius waged a military campaign against the Caledonians in northern Britain with his sons Caracalla and Geta. Due to his father's illness, Caracalla took the lead in managing military operations throughout most of the campaign, while Geta took on administrative duties at the campaign base camp at Eburacum (modern day York). By AD 210, coins were struck in the names of all three family members celebrating their British successes. In February of AD 211, Septimius died. Soon afterward, Caracalla ended the fighting by negotiating a peace with the Caledonians. This interesting sestertius refers to the close of the British campaign, using imagery and language that suggest a decisive victory.