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Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D.

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.

Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D., Apameia, Phrygia

|Apameia|, |Geta,| |209| |-| |c.| |26| |December| |211| |A.D.,| |Apameia,| |Phrygia||AE| |26|
Struck under the authority of Artemas, agonothetes (the organizer of public games). Apamea is mentioned in the Talmud (Ber. 62a, Niddah, 30b and Yeb. 115b). Christianity was very likely established early in the city. Saint Paul probably visited the place when he went throughout Phrygia.
RP112206. Bronze AE 26, SNGvA 3503 var. (rev. leg. arrangement); SNG Cop 217 var. (same); BMC Phrygia p. 100, 174, VF, full legends, nice green deposits, earthen deposits, mild porosity, weight 8.253 g, maximum diameter 26.2 mm, die axis 180o, Phrygia, Apameia (Dinar, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 198 - 209 A.D.; obverse ΠO CEΠTI ΓETAC KAI, bareheaded, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse EΠI AΓΩNOΘETOV APTEMA AΠA/MEΩN (last four letters in fields), Tyche standing half left, holding rudder by tiller in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; $180.00 SALE PRICE $162.00


|Geta|, |Geta,| |209| |-| |c.| |26| |December| |211| |A.D.||denarius|
In 205, Hadrian's Wall was restored, after heavy raids by Caledonian tribes had overrun much of northern Britain.
RS112513. Silver denarius, RIC IV 8; RSC III 36; BMCRE V p. 197, 218; Hunter III 5; SRCV II -, VF, flow lines, scratches, obv. off center, small edge cracks/splits, weight 2.200 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar, 200 - 202 A.D.; obverse P SEPT GETA CAES PONT, older boy's bare-headed draped bust right; reverse FELICITAS AVGG (the good fortune of the two emperors), Felicitas standing slightly left, head left, caduceus in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; $120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00


Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D., Silandus, Lydia

|Other| |Lydia|, |Geta,| |209| |-| |c.| |26| |December| |211| |A.D.,| |Silandus,| |Lydia||AE| |23|
Silandus is not mentioned by any ancient geographer or historian. Some inscriptions and coins but no ruins have been found at a site near Selendi, Turkey.
RP112010. Bronze AE 23, apparently unpublished, GRPC Lydia -, BMC Lydia -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, aF, tight flan, porous/rough, weight 13.235 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, die axis 0o, Silandus (near Selendi, Turkey) mint, as Augustus, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D.; obverse AVK ΠO - CE ΓETAC, laureate head right; reverse CIΛANΔ-EΩN, Dionysus standing facing, head left, cantharus in right hand, filleted thyrsus in left hand, panther at feet left; legends on our specimen confirmed by a die match to the only other specimen (sold at auction) known to FORVM; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00


Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D.

|Geta|, |Geta,| |209| |-| |c.| |26| |December| |211| |A.D.||denarius|
The estimated worldwide human population was about 257 million in 200 A.D. According to the United Nations, the worldwide human population reached 7 Billion on October 31, 2011.
RS112671. Silver denarius, RSC III 157b; RIC IV 18; BMCRE V p. 198, 234; Hunter III p. 70, 10; SRCV II 7196, Choice aVF, well centered, toned, flow lines, edge cracks, weight 3.188 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, c. 200 A.D.; obverse P SEPT GETA CAES PONT, boy's bare-headed and draped bust right, no cuirass; reverse PRINC IVVENTVTIS (Prince of Youth), Geta standing left, baton in right hand, scepter in left hand, trophy of captured arms behind; from the Collection of Dr. Jregen Buschek; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


|Geta|, |Geta,| |209| |-| |c.| |26| |December| |211| |A.D.||denarius|
Only 1 specimen in the Reka Devnia hoard from a total of 2169 denarii of Geta! This refers to the return of Caracalla and Geta from the campaign in Britain.
SH01418. Silver denarius, RIC IV 84, RSC III 3, BMCRE V 63, UNC, weight 3.46 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 210 - 212 A.D.; obverse P SEPT GETA PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverse ADVENTVS AVGVSTI (arrival of the Emperor), Geta on horseback left, raising arm and holding scepter; rare; SOLD


Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D., Mylasa, Caria

|Mylasa|, |Geta,| |209| |-| |c.| |26| |December| |211| |A.D.,| |Mylasa,| |Caria||AE| |35|
The origin of the cult of the god of the double axe goes back to the worship of Tarhunt, the Hittite god of Heaven. The earliest evidence for the cult of Zeus Labraundos dates to the middle of the 7th century B.C. The cult statue of Zeus Labraundos was, according to a surviving inscription, a gift bestowed by Hecatomnus, the founder of the Hekatomnid dynasty of Karian satraps. This statue was a standing Zeus with a tall lotus-tipped scepter upright in his left hand and a double-headed axe, the labrys, over his right shoulder.
SH14681. Bronze AE 35, SNGvA 2630; SNG Cop 437; BMC Caria p. 133, 38, VF, weight 17.190 g, maximum diameter 35.0 mm, die axis 180o, Mylasa (Milas, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 198 - 209 A.D.; obverse ΠO CΕΠTI-MIOC ΓETAC KAIC, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse MULA - CEΩN, facing cult statue of Zeus Labraundos, wearing polos, labrys (double-axe) in right, spear in left, inside Ionian tetrastyle temple; large and interesting bronze; SOLD


Caracalla and Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D., Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior

|Marcianopolis|, |Caracalla| |and| |Geta,| |209| |-| |c.| |26| |December| |211| |A.D.,| |Marcianopolis,| |Moesia| |Inferior||pentassarion|
The brothers, Caracalla and Geta, pledged to their dying father, Septimius Severus, they would rule together. But each had a rival faction and vied for supremacy. Pretending reconciliation, Caracalla scheduled a meeting at their mother's house where instead Geta was murdered, dying in his mother's arms.
RP85633. Bronze pentassarion, H-J Marcianopolis 6.20.36.2 (R5), Varbanov I 1083 (R3) var. (rev. legend ends ΩN), SNG Cop -, SNG Munchen -, BMC Thrace -, AMNG -, Moushmov -, VF, choice obverse with attractive busts, nice green patina, reverse slightly off center, area of porosity, weight 11.726 g, maximum diameter 28.2 mm, die axis 30o, Markianopolis (Devnya, Bulgaria) mint, consular legate Flavius Ulpianus, 210 - 211 A.D.; obverse AY K M AV ANTΩNINOC AY K Π CEΠ, ΓETAC (ending below busts), confronted busts of Caracalla, laureate, draped and cuirassed, and Geta, laureate and draped; reverse Y ΦΛ OYΛΠIANOY MAPKIANOΠOΛITΩ, Fortuna standing facing, head left, kalathos on head, patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, E (mark of value) in field left; scarce; SOLD


Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D., Anchialos, Thrace

|Anchialus|, |Geta,| |209| |-| |c.| |26| |December| |211| |A.D.,| |Anchialos,| |Thrace||4| |assaria|
When the Odrysian kingdom was abolished in 45 A.D., Anchialos (Pomorie, Bulgaria today) became part of the Roman province of Thrace. It was formally proclaimed a city under Trajan. Anchialos thrived in the 2nd and 3rd centuries serving as the most important import and export station of Thrace and acquired the appearance of a Roman city under the Severan Dynasty.
RP68711. Bronze 4 assaria, Varbanov 464 (R5), AMNG II 555, SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace -, Lindgren -, aVF, glossy green patina, weight 14.534 g, maximum diameter 30.7 mm, die axis 45o, Anchialos (Pomorie, Bulgaria) mint, 209 - 212 A.D.; obverse AY K Π CEΠ ΓETAC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse OYΛΠIANΩN AΓ-C-IAΛEΩN, Demeter standing left, reaching with right toward serpent coiled around large torch before her, small torch cradled in her left, two small pellets over Δ in center field; rare; SOLD


Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D., Odessos, Moesia Inferior

|Odessos|, |Geta,| |209| |-| |c.| |26| |December| |211| |A.D.,| |Odessos,| |Moesia| |Inferior||AE| |26|
According to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Ampliatus, a follower of Saint Andrew preached in Odessos in 56 A.D. Ten early basilicas and a monophysite monastery indicate that Odessos was an early Christian center. The supreme god of Odessos was, however, the Thracian god Darzalas.
RP65140. Bronze AE 26, Varbanov I 4387, AMNG I/II 2289, SNG Cop -, SNG Milan -, Choice gVF, nice patina, attractive style, weight 7.945 g, maximum diameter 25.9 mm, die axis 225o, Odessos (Varna, Bulgaria) mint, obverse ANTY K ΠO CΕΠT ΓΕTANTC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse OΔHCCΕITΩN, Great god of Odessos standing facing, wearing kalathos, patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, altar at feet left; SOLD


Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D., Augusta Traiana, Thrace

|Augusta| |Traiana|, |Geta,| |209| |-| |c.| |26| |December| |211| |A.D.,| |Augusta| |Traiana,| |Thrace||AE| |30|
Augusta Traiana (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria today) was founded by Trajan, c. 106 A.D. During 2nd - 3rd century A.D., it was the second largest city in Roman Thrace, after Philippopolis, and was fortified by strong walls. The city struck bronze coins from the time of Marcus Aurelius to Gallienus.
RB72359. Copper AE 30, Varbanov 1353 (R7) var. (also with two trees on rev), Moushmov -, BMC Thrace -, SNG Cop -, Lindgren -, aF, rough, weight 12.720 g, maximum diameter 30.1 mm, die axis 180o, Augusta Traiana mint, Augusta Traiana (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria); obverse AVT K Π CEΠT-MIOC ΓETA, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse AVΓOVCTHC TPAIANHC, wall with three towers on a hill, river god Istrus reclining left on waves below, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs with end draped over left arm, reeds in left hand, left elbow resting on urn from which water flows; very rare; SOLD




  



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