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    Caracalla (AD 198-217). Orichalcum dupondius (15.00 gm). Rome, AD 213-215. ANTONINVS PIVS A[V]G GERM, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla right / PROVIDENTIAE DEORVM, S C low across field, Providentia standing left, holding wand over globe resting on ground, and scepter. RIC 575a. BMC 273. Cohen 540. Some double striking on reverse, otherwise a magnificent specimen with a forceful portrait and wonderful multihued original green patina. Choice extremely fine.

    Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Severus, better known by the nickname Caracalla after a type of hooded cloak he wore, seized sole power in December of AD 211 following the murder of his brother and co-ruler, Geta. He is notorious for a bloody purge of Geta's supporters, ineffectual military campaigns against the Alemanni and the Parthians, and a major debasement of the Roman coinage that saw the introduction of the antoninianus or double denarius denomination. Despite its cruelty and depravity, his reign witnessed the absolute zenith of Roman portraiture. Marble portraits of Caracalla wearing a soul-revealing scowl remain among the most compelling pieces of sculpture ever created, and his numismatic portraits, including the powerful rendering on this dupondius, have never been matched for sheer realism and intensity.


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    January, 2011
    2nd-3rd Sunday-Monday
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