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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Severan Period| > |Caracalla| > RS91589
Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D.
Mars was the god of war and also an agricultural guardian. He was the father of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. In early Rome, he was second in importance only to Jupiter, and the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army. Most of his festivals were held in March, the month named for him (Latin Martius), and in October, which began and ended the season for military campaigning and farming.
RS91589. Silver denarius, RIC IV 88; RSC III 431; BMCRE V p. 265, 542; SRCV II 6862; cf. Hunter III 29 (TR P VIIII), Choice aEF, excellent style, old cabinet tone, well centered, flow lines, edge cracks, Rome mint, weight 3.073g, maximum diameter 19.9mm, die axis 180o, 207 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate bust right; reverse PONTIF TR P X COS II (priest, holder of Tribunitian power for ten years, consul for the 2nd time), Mars advancing right, nude except for helmet and cloak tied in belt at waist and flying behind, transverse spear in right hand, trophy over left shoulder in left hand; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; SOLD


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Ares or Mars