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A silver denarius of the emperor Geta with a reverse showing Minerva. Coin Type: Silver denarius of Geta, Caesar 198-209 CE, Augustus 209-211 CE
Mint and Date: Rome, 205 CE.
Size and Weight: 19mm, 3.26g
Bare-headed, draped bust right.
Minerva, helmeted, draped, standing facing, head left, resting her right hand on a round shield set on the ground, and holding a reversed vertical spear behind her in her left hand.
Provenance: numismatiklanz (eBay), March 2009
Ref: RCV (2000) 7186; RIC IV 34; BMCRE V p243, 446.
BW Ref: 022 040 137
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Note: The three listed references all give a different date for this coin. Sear uncritically based his date of 207 CE on Philip Hill's "The Coinage of Septimius Severus and his Family of the Mint of Rome AD 193-217," which made incorrect and unsubstantiated assumptions. RIC IV, giving "c. AD 202", fell prey to confusion between Geta and his uncle of the same name, whom was a consul in 203 CE. So only the British Museum Catalogue is reliable in this instance, correctly noting that Geta became consul for the first time in 205 CE.

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