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Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D.

Publius Septimius Geta was the younger son of Septimius Severus and Julia Domna. No love was lost between him and his older brother Caracalla, and although at their father's deathbed they pledged to remain united, within months each had their own rival factions and vied with each for supremacy. Pretending reconciliation, Caracalla scheduled a meeting at their mother's house where instead Geta was ambushed and murdered. Geta died in his mother's arms.


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Between 209 and their father's death in February 211, both brothers were shown as equally mature young men with a short full beard. Both sons were presented as equally suitable heirs to the throne, showing thus more "depth" to the dynasty. Between the death of Septimius Severus and the assassination of Geta, Caracalla's portraits did not change, while Geta was depicted with a long beard with hanging hairs much like his father, a strong indication of Geta's efforts to be seen as the "true" successor of his father.
RS86671. Silver denarius, RIC IV 88, RSC III 68, BMCRE V 65, SRCV II -, Choice EF, nearly as struck except for light toning, fantastic portrait, luster in recesses, perfect centering on a broad flan, some legend just a little weak, tiny edge cracks, weight 3.250 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 210 - 212 A.D.; obverse P SEPT GETA PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverse LIBERALITAS AVG V, Liberalitas standing half-left, coin counting board in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; $340.00 (€289.00)
 


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In late December 211, Geta was lured to come without his bodyguards to meet Caracalla, to discuss a possible reconciliation. When he arrived at their mother's house, the Praetorian Guard murdered him and he died in the arms of his mother Julia Domna.
RS87270. Silver denarius, Hunter III 56 (same obv. leg. break), RSC III 200, RIC IV 81 (S), SRCV II 7252, BMCRE V - (noted p. 422), Choice gVF, superb portrait and reverse style, excellent well centered strike, radiating flow lines, toned, tiny edge cracks, weight 3.739 g, maximum diameter 24.5 mm, Rome mint, 211 A.D.; obverse P SEPT GETA PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverse TR P III COS II P P, Providentia (or Aeternitas?) standing slightly right, head left, short torch in extended right hand, globe in extended left hand; scarce; $200.00 (€170.00)
 


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., with his brother Geta

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SH33740. Silver denarius, Lanz 120, 426 (same dies); RIC IV -, RSC III -, nice VF, weight 3.270 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 180o, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria) mint, 199 A.D.; obverse IMP CAE M AVR ANT AVG P TR P II, laureate and draped bust of Caracalla right; reverse P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES, draped bust of Geta right; extremely rare; SOLD










OBVERSE LEGENDS

GETACAESPONTCOS
GETACAESPONTIF
IMPCAESPSEPTGETAPIVSAVG
LSEPTIMIVSGETACAES
LSEPTGETACAESPONT
PSEPTGETACAESPONT
PSEPTIMGETACAESAR
PSEPTGETAPIVSAVGBRIT
PSEPTIMIVSGETACAES
PSEPTIMIVSGETAPIVSAVGBRIT


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