Aquila Numismatics > Auction 4Auction date: 19 August 2022
Lot number: 721

Price realized: 55 EUR   (Approx. 55 USD)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Roman Provincial
Mesopotamia, Carrhae, Caracalla and Geta (197-217 AD)
AE Bronze (18mm, 3.7g)
Obv: Illegible inscription, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Caracalla right, facing bare-headed and draped bust of Geta left.
Rev: crescent and eight-pointed star within.
Cf. BMC Arabia etc., 45-48; cf. Mionnet V, 29.

Starting price: 5 EUR

Match 1:
Numismatica Ars Classica > Auction 135Auction date: 21 November 2022
Lot number: 329

Price realized: 50,000 CHF   (Approx. 52,554 USD / 50,725 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


The Roman Empire. Caracalla augustus, 198 – 217.
Aureus circa 201, AV 7.35 g. ANTONINVS – AVGVSTVS Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla r. Rev. P SEPT GETA – CAES PONT Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Geta r. C 1. BMC 162 note. RIC 38. Calicó 2861 (this obverse die).
Very rare. Two delicate portraits of fine style and a wonderful light
reddish tone. Virtually as struck and Fdc

Ex Hirsch 33, 1913, 1360; Sotheby's 9 September 1983, Brand, 375; NAC-Spink Taisei 16 November 1994, Steinberg,593 and NAC 24, 2002, 144 sales.
Among the least ornate, yet the most beautiful of the Severan dynastic aurei is this issue with the bust of Caracalla on the obverse and that of his younger brother Geta on the reverse. Although the two boys were relatively close in age, Caracalla was hailed Augustus in 198, whereas Geta remained Caesar until 209. This piece was struck quite early in their Imperial experience, and the hatred that existed at this point was probably viewed as simple boyhood competitiveness rather than the true disdain into which it later evolved. By that time each had their own faction of supporters in Rome and throughout the empire, and after Caracalla had Geta murdered in their mother's arms, he wasted no time in tracking down and murdering a great many other people who had been loyal to Geta. Beyond that, Caracalla went to great lengths to destroy busts and images of his brother, even to the point of having his portrait chiselled off of dual-portrait coins struck in the provinces.
Graded AU* Strike 5/5 Surface 5/5, NGC certification number 6556714-026

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Estimate: 50000 CHF

Match 2:
Agora Auctions > Numismatic Auction 108Auction date: 27 December 2022
Lot number: 195

Price realized: Unsold
Lot description:


Mesopotamia, Carrhae. Caracalla and Geta. A.D. 198-217. AE 19 (18.8 mm, 3.99 g, 6 h). ΑΥΤΟ K ΑΝΤ ΝЄΙΝ ΓЄΤΑ Є, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Caracalla on left facing bare-headed and draped bust of Geta on right / ΚΑΡΡ ΚΛ ΝЄΙΑ ΜΗΤΡΟ, eight-rayed star above crescent. BMC 45-48; Mionnet V, 29. Fine, off-center obverse. Scarce.

Rare with nearly complete legends on the reverse.

Estimate: 50 USD

Match 3:
Leu Numismatik AG > Web Auction 24Auction date: 3 December 2022
Lot number: 1977

Price realized: 190 CHF   (Approx. 202 USD / 193 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


PHRYGIA. Cibyra. Maximinus I, with Maximus Caesar, 235/6-238. Tetrassarion (Bronze, 28 mm, 14.27 g, 6 h), CY 212 = 236/7. AY•K•Γ•IOYH MAΞIMЄINOC•K•Γ•IOYH MAΞIMOC - KAICAP / CЄBB Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximinus I, on the left, facing bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximus, on the right. Rev. ЄTOYC•BIC•KAICAPЄⲰN KIBYPATⲰN Hekate standing facing, head to left, holding flaming torch in her right hand and supporting a basket on her head with her left. BMC 72. RPC VI online 5420. SNG Leypold 1616. Rare. Good fine.

Starting price: 50 CHF

Match 4:
Classical Numismatic Group > Triton XXVIAuction date: 10 January 2023
Lot number: 787

Price realized: 20,000 USD   (Approx. 18,642 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Septimius Severus. AD 193-211. Æ Medallion (41mm, 59.51 g, 1h). Rome mint. Struck AD 194. L • SEPTIMIVS • SEVERVS PERTINAX • AVG IMP IIII, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / [P] M TR P III [COS] II P P, FIDEI • MILIT in exergue, Septimius Severus standing left on däis, right hand raised in salute and holding scepter with left; behind him, Caracalla and Geta, both in military attire, standing left; before, six soldiers standing right, the front row holding shields, the back row holding two signa and a vexillum. Gnecchi II, 16 (pl. 94, 7); Banti 51; Cohen 152; Grueber 3; Froehner p. 153. Attractive dark green and brown patina, some minor roughness. Good VF. Extremely rare and impressive.

Ex Triton XX (10 January 2017), lot 786; Gorny & Mosch 232 (5 October 2015), lot 456.

Although Septimius Severus is often described as first of the "soldier emperors," his early career was almost entirely civilian, rising steadily through the ladder of Roman magistracies, much like his predecessors. Nevertheless, his reign proved a major step in militarizing Roman government and life. He entered the Senate in AD 173 and gained some early military experience as legionary officer in Africa and Syria, where he served under the later Emperor Pertinax. After reaching the Consulship in AD 190, he was appointed as governor of Pannonia Superior, which placed him in command of Legio XIV Gemina Martia Victrix, strategically located within easy march of Italy and Rome. With the assassination of Commodus in AD 193, followed within weeks by the murder of his mentor Pertinax, Severus was hailed as emperor by the XIVth at Carnuntum. A lightning march to Rome deposed the pathetic Didius Julianus and placed Severus in firm control of the capital, whereupon he immediately prepared for civil war against two rivals who had likewise been proclaimed in the provinces, Clodius Albinus and Pescinnius Niger. Though wealthy and connected, Severus was from a "new" family and relied heavily on the army to cement his power. He raised military pay and showed his troops many preferments, including ending the longtime ban on marriage for regular soldiers. The army began to think of him as one of their own and, after disposing of Niger and Albinus, he suffered no revolts or serious internal threats for the rest of his reign. This remarkable bronze medallion, struck in AD 194 for presentation to a senior officer, depicts Severus being hailed as Imperator (victorious general) by his soldiers. Behind him stand his sons, Caracalla and Geta, whom he told on his deathbed, "get along with one another, enrich the soldiers, and despise everyone else!"

Estimate: 20000 USD

Match 5:
Roma Numismatics Ltd > E-Sale 104Auction date: 15 December 2022
Lot number: 750

Price realized: 90 GBP   (Approx. 112 USD / 105 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Philip II Æ 29mm of Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria. AD 247-249. AYTOK K M IOYΛΙ ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟC CЄB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust to right / ANTIOXЄΩΝ [.../ANTIOXЄΩΝ], turreted, draped and veiled bust of Tyche to right; above, [ram] leaping to right?; Δ Є and S C across fields, star below. Cf. McAlee 1073; cf. RPC VIII Online 7508; Savoca Blue 134, 820 (this coin); for similar, cf. Savoca Silver 95, 445 (Philip II, Antioch), Savoca Silver 108, 337 (Philip II, Cyrrhus) and Art & Coins 4, 368 (Gordian III, Nisibis). 14.19g, 29mm, 12h.

Very Fine. A curiously mirrored double reverse strike.

From a private European collection.

There have been a few specimens to appear on the market with similarly double struck reverses resulting in a mirrored design (see references). All of these examples are roman provincial issues struck at eastern mints within a period of approximately ten years.

Estimate: 150 GBP