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.
On 4 February 211, Severus fell ill and died in York at the age of 65, after a reign of nearly 18 years. Geta shared joint rule with his brother for Caracalla for less than a year, ending when Caracalla had him murdered on 26 December 211.
RB54611. Copper as, RIC IV 177a, BMCRE 277, Cohen 152, SRCV II 7282 var (TR P II), Fine, weight 9.019 g, maximum diameter 25.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 211 A.D.; obverse P SEPTIMIVS GETAPIVS AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverse PONTIF TR P III COS II S C, Pietas standing right, long scepter vertical in right, drawing out drapery from breast with left, two naked children stand confronted at her feet raising their hands to one another; scarce; $225.00 (€173.25)
Nobilitas, the personification of the idea of nobility, carries a spear and an image of Minerva to indicate that nobility is achieved through both glory in battle and wisdom.
RS33842. Silver denarius, SRCV II 7184, RIC IV 13a, RSC III 90, Van Meter 24, EF, weight 3.558 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 199 A.D.; obverse P SEPT GETACAESPONT, boy's bare-headed and draped bust right; reverseNOBILITAS, Nobilitas standing right, scepter in left, palladium in right; $135.00 (€103.95)
Spes was the Roman personification of Hope. In art Spes is normally depicted carrying flowers or a cornucopia, but on coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right hand, while the left is raising a fold of her dress. She was also named "ultima dea" - for Hope is the last resort of men. On this coin, the Caesar, Geta, the designated successor of the emperors, is identified as the future hope of the Roman people.
RS48393. Silver denarius, RIC IV 96, RSC III 192a, VF, weight 3.192 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 150o, Laodicea ad Mare mint, 198 - 200 A.D.; obverse L SEPTIMIVS GETACAES, bare head, draped and cuirassedbust right; reverseSPEI PERPETVAE, Spes walking left, raising flower in right, raising fold of skirt with left; $127.00 (€97.79)
RS56887. Silver denarius, SRCV II 7188, RIC IV 61b, RSC III 117, aEF, weight 3.450 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 208 A.D.; obverse P SEPTIMIVS GETACAES, youth's draped bust right; reverse PONTIF COS II, Geta standing left, togate, globe in right, baton in left; $115.00 (€88.55)
RS48395. Silver denarius, RIC IV 105(a), RSC III 83, SRCV II 7181, gVF, weight 2.663 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Laodicea ad Mare mint, 199 - 200 A.D.; obverse P SEPTIMIVS GETACAES, bare headed, draped bust right, seen from behind; reverseMINERV SANCT, Minerva standing half left, resting right on shield, inverted spear in left; scarce; $105.00 (€80.85)
Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D., Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior
The figure on the reverse is sometimes identified as Eros (Cupid) or a generic winged Genius. The inverted torch represents a life extinguished, indicating the figure is Thanatos (death). By the Severan Era, there was increased hope for an afterlife in pleasant Elysium than in dismal Hades and Thanatos was associated more with a gentle passing than a woeful demise. Thanatos as a winged boy, very much akin to Cupid, with crossed legs and an inverted torch, became the most common symbol for death, depicted on many Roman sarcophagi.
RP64004. Bronze AE 18, Varbanov I 1110 (same dies), H-L Marcianopolis 188.8.131.52 (but same obv die as 184.108.40.206), AMNG I -, VF, weight 3.205 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 180o, Markianopolis mint, obverseP CEPTI GETAC K, draped bust right, from behind; reverseMARKIANO-POLITWN, Thanatos standing left, legs crossed, leaning on inverted extinguished torch set on altar; $100.00 (€77.00)
In 205, Hadrian's Wall was restored, after heavy raids by Caledonian tribes had overrun much of northern Britain.
RS59432. Silver denarius, RIC IV 34b, RSC III 104a, BMCRE V 446, SRCV II 7186, VF, weight 3.109 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, c. 205 - 208 A.D.; obverse P SEPTIMIVS GETACAES, older boy's bare-headed and draped bust right, from behind; reverse PONTIF COS, Minerva standing left in military garb, resting right on shield, spear behind in left; $95.00 (€73.15)
In 202, Septimius Severus returned to Rome after a five year absence. Festivals were held to celebrate his six year reign. Severus made changes in the imperial government, giving the Roman army a dominant role, raising pay in the legions and permitting legionaries to marry in order to secure their loyalty.
RS60465. Silver denarius, RIC IV 103, RSC III 76, VF, weight 3.153 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 180o, Laodicea ad Mare mint, 202 A.D.; obverse P SEPTIMIVS GETACAES, draped bust right, from behind; reverseMARTI VICTORI, Mars advancing right, transverse spear in right, trophy over shoulder in left; scarce; $90.00 (€69.30)
RS51597. Silver denarius, RIC IV 103, RSC III 76, nice VF, weight 3.219 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 0o, Laodicea ad Mare mint, 202 A.D.; obverse P SEPTIMIVS GETACAES, draped bust right, from behind; reverseMARTI VICTORI, Mars advancing right, transverse spear in right, trophy over shoulder in left; scarce; $85.00 (€65.45)
RS57389. Silver denarius, RIC IV 103, RSC III 76, VF, weight 2.926 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, Laodicea ad Mare mint, 202 A.D.; obverse P SEPTIMIVS GETACAES, draped bust right, from behind; reverseMARTI VICTORI, Mars advancing right, transverse spear in right, trophy over shoulder in left; scarce; $85.00 (€65.45)