Ancient Roman Silver Denarius - Geta (Augustus) c. 209-211 AD


Silver Denarius, Ancient Rome, c. 209-211 AD

Ruler: Geta (Augustus)

Obv: IMP CAES P SEPT GETA PIVS AVG – Laureate bust of Geta, rightt

Rev: “PONTIF TR P II COS II” Bonus Eventus standing, left, sacrificing over altar, holding patera and corn ears

Mint: Rome (struck 210 AD)

Sear-R7249, 19mm, 3.45gm

Scarce, EF condition

When Septimius Severus died in Eboracum in the beginning of 211, Caracalla and Geta were proclaimed joint emperors and returned to Rome. Regardless, the shared throne was not a success: the brothers argued about every decision, from law to political appointments.

Later sources speculate about the desire of the two of splitting the empire in two halves. By the end of the year, the situation was unbearable. Caracalla tried to murder Geta during the festival of Saturnalia without success. Later in December he arranged a meeting with his brother in his mother's apartments, and had him murdered in her arms by centurions.

  • Inventory# PA-3317