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Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
European; Southern European; Roman
Roman Republic and Empire
Coin Showing Emperor Caracalla
Imperial Period, Severan Dynasty, 204 A.D.
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This coin showing the 16 year old prince was issued by his father, Emperor Septimius Severus. The inscription details the honor (Pontifex - 'priest') and powers (Tribunitian) that the emperor had granted to his son six years earlier. The reverse image shows a winged Victory offering a wreath and palm frond to celebrate the emperor's 'Great Parthian Victory', spelled out in the inscription.
Europe,Italy,Lazio (region),Roma (province),Rome
Diam.: 2 cm (3/4 in.)
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Martin A. Ryerson
Obverse around: ANTO.N.P.AVG.PON TR P VII (Anton[inus] P[ius] Aug[ustus] Pon[tifes] Tr[ibunitia] P[otestas} VII: 'Antoninus Pius Augustus, Priest [or Pontif], holding Tribunican Power for Seventh Time')Reverse around: VICT PART MAX (Vict[oria] Part[hica]Max[ima]; 'Great Parthian Victory')
Roman, minted in Rome. Gold aureus, a gold coin of ancient Rome varying in weight from 1/30 to 1/70 libra.
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