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    Geta, as Augustus (AD 209-211). AV aureus (20mm, 7.23 gm, 12h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 3/5, edge marks. Rome, AD 211. IMP CAES P SEPT-GETA PIVS AVG, laureate head of Geta right, drapery on left shoulder / VICTO-RIAE BRIT, Victoria advancing right, head left, trophy in left hand over shoulder, leading captive with right hand. RIC -. BMC -. C -. Calic├│ 2922a. Of the highest rarity, only the second specimen known of this historically significant issue.

    From the Morris Collection. Ex NAC 31 lot 78.

    This rare and remarkable aureus struck by Septimius Severus, Caracalla and Geta celebrates the Severan campaign in Britain, which occupied the last three years of Septimius Severus' life. In AD 208, the aging Severus departed Rome intent on the conquest of Scotland, a goal which had eluded the Romans for the previous century and a half. He took his sons Caracalla and Geta with him, hoping the hard life on campaign might curb their ferocious sibling rivalry. But what was supposed to be a quick victory turned into a long, bitter slog, which took its toll on the emperor's health. On his deathbed in York, Severus begged his sons to "be good to each other, pay the soldiers well, and the rest can to go to hell." He died on February 4, AD 311, at the age of 65. His sons quickly abandoned Scotland, declared victory and returned to Rome.


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