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A silver denarius of the emperor Geta with a reverse showing two-faced Janus. Coin Type: Silver denarius of Geta, Caesar 198-209 CE, Augustus 209-211 CE
Mint and Date: Rome, 198-200 CE.
Size and Weight: 18mm x 20mm, 2.94g
Laureate head right, bearded.
Reverse: TR P III COS II P P
Janus standing facing, looking left and right, naked to the waist, drapery over left arm, holding reversed spear in right hand and thunderbolt in left.
Provenance: Kirk Davis (Vcoins), January 2008
Ref: RCV (2000) 7251; RIC IV 79; BMCRE V p422, 13.
BW Ref: 020 036 121
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Note: BMCRE V says in its introduction: "The 'Janus' with thunderbolt and sceptre is certainly a fanciful expression of the duality of the Empire. The imperial Jupiter is now 'biceps'. It was assuredly a fancy that pleased Geta better than his brother. Caracalla hated the idea of full equality of rule and was always insisting on his own seniority. In the long run he was unwilling to brook a colleague on any terms."

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