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Plautilla, Augusta 202 - 22 January 205 A.D., wife of Caracalla

Plautilla was the daughter of the immensely wealthy and powerful Praetorian Prefect Plautianus. She was married to Caracalla in 202 A.D. to both partners' mutual disgust. Their hatred for one another was so intense that they lived in different palaces and the marriage was likely never consummated. After the fall and execution of her father in 205, Plautilla was exiled to the Lipari islands and executed in 212 A.D.


Click for a larger photo Although this coin suggests Caracalla and Plautilla desired an heir, it would have been difficult because their mutual hatred was so strong they even refused to dine together. Their marriage was likely never consummated. After the fall and execution of her father, Caracalla's Praetorian Prefect, she was exiled to the Lipari islands and executed in 212 A.D.RS68921. Silver denarius, RIC IV 367, RSC III 16, BMCRE V 422, SRCV II 7072, VF, excellent centering, weight 2.582 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 203 A.D.; obverse PLAVTILLA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse PIETAS AVGG, Pietas standing facing, head right, long scepter in right, child in left; scarce; $200.00 (174.00)


Click for a larger photo Concordia, the goddess of agreement, understanding, and marital harmony, did not favor Plautilla and Caracalla. Plautilla and Caracalla hated each other, lived separately, and the marriage was likely never consummated. After the fall and execution of her father, Caracalla's Praetorian Prefect, she was exiled to the Lipari islands and executed in 212 A.D.RS73191. Silver denarius, RIC IV 363, RSC III 1, VF, perfect centering, nice style, frosty surfaces, weight 3.620 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 202 - 22 January 205 A.D.; obverse PLAVTILLA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse CONCORDIA AVGG, Concordia standing half left, patera in right, long scepter vertical behind in left; scarce; $180.00 (156.60)


Click for a larger photo After Apollo insulted him, Eros (cupid) shot Apollo with an arrow that caused him to fall in hopeless love with Daphne, a mortal woman. Eros shot Daphne with an arrow which made her incapable of loving Apollo. Nevertheless Apollo pursued her, and out of desperation Daphne escaped by having herself turned into a laurel. Ever after, winners of the games to honor Apollo wore wreaths of laurel in honor of Apollo's Daphne.RS57082. Silver denarius, SRCV II 7074, RIC IV 369, RSC III 25, BMCRE V 429, VF, toned, weight 2.993 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 202 - 205 A.D.; obverse PLAVTILLA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse VENVS VICTRIX (the victorious Venus), Venus standing left, bare to waist, apple in right hand, palm frond in left hand, resting left elbow on shield behind, Cupid (holding apple?) at her feet left; $90.00 (78.30)


Click for a larger photo Concordia, the goddess of agreement, understanding, and marital harmony, did not favor Plautilla and Caracalla. Plautilla and Caracalla hated each other, lived separately, and the marriage was likely never consummated. After the fall and execution of her father, Caracalla's Praetorian Prefect, she was exiled to the Lipari islands and executed in 212 A.D.RS57374. Silver denarius, RIC IV 363, RSC III 1, F, toned, scratched, weight 2.932 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, obverse PLAVTILLA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse CONCORDIA AVGG, Concordia standing half left, patera in right, long scepter vertical behind in left; scarce; $75.00 (65.25)



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Obverse legends:

PLAVTILLAAVG

PLAVTILLAAVGVSTA

PLAVTILLAEAVGVSTAE



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