ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla, 198-217 AD, silver denarius


ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla, 198-217 AD, denarius, no date (215 AD), Rome mint, Obverse: laureate youthful bust R, ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS, Reverse: Caracalla naked standing facing, head L, holding globe & spear, PONTIF TR P III, silver, 18mm, 2.72g, SR6857, F

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Caracalla was a nickname for Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, for a kind of cloak he liked to wear. His reign was troubled from the beginning by the unfortunate antipathy between him and his brother Geta, who he eventually murdered. He did a bunch of civil building, and granted citizenship to all of the inhabitants of the Empire. He also liked war perhaps a bit more than he should have, picking unnecessary fights. Eventually he was assassinated on his way to a war with Parthia.

In the Imperial Period Roman coinage became an engine for governmental propaganda. All of the themes of the coins are celebratory of some aspect of govermental authority or achievement.