maridvnvm Posted December 9, 2022 · Member Share Posted December 9, 2022 In circa Summer A.D. 212 Caracalla minted an issue announcing his departure from Rome on a campaign in Germania. In this issue are two coin types with the reverse legends PROFECTIO AVG, procaliming this departure. One type is "Caracalla standing right, holding spear, two standards behind him" and the other is "Caracalla standing slightly right, holding spear in both hands; attendant holding signum standing behind". The former type seems to be more common than the latter type. The evidence suggesting the relative scarcity can be taken from two sources, firstly the Reka Devnia hoard, which can generally be used as an indication of relative scarcity for coins of this period and the second being the relative occurrence in the market. The first type (Cohen 508) has 61 examples in the RD hoard and the latter type has 19 examples in the RD hoard. 19 is not a really low number but would show a coin as being scarce rather than common. Looking at the market there would seem to be ratios of the two types that would reinforce the RD indication. Caracalla denarius Obv:- ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT. Laureate head right. Rev:- PROFECTIO AVG. Caracalla standing slightly right, holding spear in both hands; attendant holding signum standing behind. Minted in Rome, A.D. 212-213 References:– RIC 226, RSC 509. 19 examples in RD. Weight 3.383g. 19.01mm. 0 degrees A nice example of the adult, bearded Caracalla. Die breaks on the reverse of the P and F of the legend to the beaded edge. 15 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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