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View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Severan Period| > |Caracalla| > SL89804Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D. The ancients did not all agree on the attributes of Serapis. A passage in Tacitus affirms that many recognized in this god, Aesculapius, imputing healing to his intervention; some thought him identical with Osiris, the oldest deity of the Egyptians; others regarded him as Jupiter, possessing universal power; but by most he was believed to be the same as Pluto, the "gloomy" Dis Pater of the infernal regions. The general impression of the ancients seems to have been that by Serapis, was to be understood the beginning and foundation of things. Julian II consulted the oracle of Apollo for the purpose of learning whether Pluto and Serapis were different gods; and he received for an answer that Jupiter-Serapis and Pluto were one and the same divinity.
SL89804. Silver denarius, RIC IV 194, RSC III 195, BMCRE V 39, Hunter III 6, cf. SRCV II 6829 (TR P XVI COS IIII), NGC AU, strike 5/5, surface 5/5 (4163650-006), Rome mint, weight 3.93g, maximum diameter 18.2mm, die axis 180o, 212 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate bearded head right; reverse P M TR P XV COS III P P, Serapis standing half left, draped, head left, kalathos on head, raising right hand, scepter in left hand; from the Martineit Collection of Ancient and World Coins; $185.00
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