Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR denarius. Struck during the joint reign of Septimius Severus and Caracalla, in honor of Publius Septimius Geta as Caesar, 198-209 C.E. The bare head of Geta faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "P SEPT GETA CAES PONT" on left and right of image. On reverse, the seated figure of Securitas, the goddess and personification of security and stability, especially of the Roman Empire, faces left and holds a globe in her right hand and rests her left arm on the chair with the inscriptions "SECVRIT IMPERII" on left and right of image. Obverse and reverse inscriptions based on Sear reference; large section of coin is missing, rendering the inscriptions difficult to decipher.
Date range: 198-209 C.E.
Remarks: The younger son of Severus and Julia Domna, Geta was born at Rome in 189 C.E. In 198 he was given the title of Caesar at the same time as his elder brother, Caracalla, was raised to the rank of Augustus. He took part in the British expedition which began in 208, and during the course of this campaign he was created Augustus (209 C.E.), it being Severus' clear intention that the brothers should inherit the throne jointly. The savage and jealous nature of Caracalla would, however, admit of no such arrangement, and Geta was murdered in February, 212 C.E., after only twelve months of joint-rule. As in the case of Caracalla, the portraiture of Geta on the coins closely follows his physical development from a young child, through adolescence to early manhood. Septimius Severus' coins were minted in Rome and Laodiceia ad Mare, and possibly Caesarea, Emesa, and Alexandria.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2002 (Vol II) #7200, pg 565.
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