Detail View: The AMICA Library: Coin Showing Emperor Caracalla

AMICA ID: 
AIC_.1922.4884
AMICA Library Year: 
1998
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Nationality: 
European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Dates/Places: 
Roman Republic and Empire
Creator Name-CRT: 
Roman
Title: 
Coin Showing Emperor Caracalla
Title Type: 
preferred
View: 
Verso
Creation Date: 
Imperial Period, Severan Dynasty, 204 A.D.
Creation Start Date: 
204
Creation End Date: 
204
Materials and Techniques: 
Gold aureus
Classification Term: 
Coin
Subject Description: 
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.
Creation Place: 
Europe,Italy,Lazio (region),Roma (province),Rome
Dimensions: 
Diam.: 2 cm (3/4 in.)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: 
Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 
1922.4884
Credit Line: 
The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Martin A. Ryerson
Inscriptions: 
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')
Rights: 
Context: 
Roman, minted in Rome. Gold aureus, a gold coin of ancient Rome varying in weight from 1/30 to 1/70 libra.
Related Image Identifier Link: 
AIC_.E28689.TIF