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    Rare Caracalla as Caesar

    Caracalla, as Caesar (AD 195-198). AV aureus (21mm, 7.26 gm, 12h).  Rome, AD 196. M · AVR ANTO-NINVS CAES, bareheaded and draped bust of adolescent Caracalla right / SEVERI · AVG · PII · FIL, lituus, axe, patera, jug, simpulum, and sprinkler. RIC (Severus) 3. BMCRE (Severus) 183. Cohen 582. Rare and seldom offered. With a charming portrait of the young Caracalla, before he turned monstrous. Struck on a broad flan. Scratch behind neck and scuff on lower edge. NGC (photo-certificate) Choice XF 5/5 - 4/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex Stack's (New York, 3-4 December 1996), lot 335. 

    Born in Lugdunum in A.D. 188, while his father was serving as governor of Gaul, Lucius Septimius Bassianus started out life as a cheerful, affable youth whose character deteriorated as he gained more prestige and power. His father, Septimius Severus, seized the throne and defended it against all rival claimants during the civil wars of AD 193-197. Bassianus was named Caesar, or heir apparent, in AD 195 and was further elevated to co-Augustus with his father three years later, when he was only 10. His name was changed to Marcus Aurelius Antoninus in honor of the revered Antonine dynasty, but the boy preferred barbarian manners and fashions, and he soon earned a nickname after a type of hooded Germanic cloak he liked to wear- Caracalla (or, in modern terms, "Hoody"). 

    All Roman gold coins from the Dimitriadis Collection have been issued a photo-certificate by NGC. These may be sent in for encapsulation after the auction at the request of the buyer, free of charge. Please e-mail SamS@HA.com if you would like to utilize this option.


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