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Roman Empire, Caracalla Bimetallic Sestertius
Obv. M AVR ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P XVII IMP III COS IIII P P, emperor, accompanied by two officiers, standing r. on platform, haranguing soldiers behind, standards, in ex. S C.
Mint: Rome, 214 A.D.

32mm 32.71g

RIC 525c var. (draped bust); Banti 59

Before a battle, or on parade, the emperor would address his troops in an event known as an adlocutio cohortium (address to the cohorts). This was an important opportunity for the emperor to be present among his troops and inspire morale and esprit de corps among them. A sestertius of Gaius (Caligula), issued on behalf of a donative for the Praetorian Guard, was the first to employ the adlocutio as a reverse type. Similar subsequent issues were minted to emphasize the emperor's perceived, if not actual, role as military commander. The present specimen commemorates Caracalla's victory against the Germans and his preparations for a Persian war. Caracalla idolized Alexander the Great and, as other emperors before him, wished to recreate his successes in the east. Thus, in 214 AD, after having been proclaimed "Alexander" at Philippopolis in Thrace, he assembled his troops, who had been outfitted as Macedonians, and proceeded into Asia Minor. Caracalla's ambitions were, however, hampered by his own unfit physical and mental state; over the next three years the campaign degeneratged into near-chaos and ended with Caracalla's murder.
(written by CNG, 2003)
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okidoki  [May 13, 2017 at 01:01 PM]
excellent
quadrans  [May 14, 2017 at 05:13 AM]
Great one..
*Alex  [May 14, 2017 at 09:20 AM]
ickster  [May 15, 2017 at 04:52 AM]
Wow!
Randygeki(h2)  [May 17, 2017 at 08:26 PM]
Very nice!
NORMAN K  [May 19, 2017 at 12:37 PM]
Beautiful coin. Love it A++++
Gary W2  [Jan 27, 2018 at 04:40 AM]
Well I was going to give it 1 star because of dirt in the crevices...just kidding
Fantastic coin!