Caracalla AE31 of Pautalia, Thrace/extremely rare and fascinating type.

Ancient Coins - Caracalla AE31 of Pautalia, Thrace/extremely rare and fascinating type.
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Caracalla AE31 of Pautalia, Thrace. Laureate, draped & cuirassed bust right / tetrastyle shrine with bearded figure of Senator Traxt within, holding patera & parazonium; sanke in the entablature and figure above; large tree to left between two altars, Asclepios standing on a branch with snake entwined staff. Lot No.2632. VF and an extremely rare, fascinating type. Varbanov 5253 of Caracalla

Pautalia was a famous bath full of parks with temples and statues and it is well known especially with the best die-cutters at that time. Every coin of Pautalia is a beautiful miniature art piece and you can see this on the reverse of this coin!!

Caracalla (ruled 188-217 AD) was the nickname of the Roman emperor who ruled as Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. Originally named Bassianus, he was born in Gaul, and was nicknamed Caracalla because he introduced into Roman fashion a long cloak or tunic from Gaul called the caracalla. When his father, Septimius Severus, died in 211, Caracalla became joint emperor with his younger brother, Publius Septimius Geta. In 212 Caracalla became sole emperor after murdering Geta in their mother's arms, and arranging the massacre of thousands of Geta's followers.

Caracalla's reign was marked by cruelty, extravagance, and treachery, but he followed his father's advice to treat the soldiers well, and he was well loved by the army. He increased their pay and introduced the double denarius, also known as the Antoninianus in his honor, presumeably to facilitate this military pay raise.

On his birthday, April 4th, 217 AD, while campaigning against the Parthians, as he stopped to empty his bladder on the road to Carrhae, he fell victim to a plot engineered by Macrinus, who was Praetorian Prefect. He was assassinated by one Julius Martialis, who bore a grudge against Caracalla for having passed him over for promotion to centurion, and Macrinus immediate seized power.

 

 

 

 

Price SKU: 2632
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