Ryro Posted January 13 · Supporter Share Posted January 13 (edited) I bought this coin a while ago of the Severans and didn't think much about it. It was originally listed as having the three guys Setpy, Caracs and Geta, and being from Edessa, but you know that's Julia Domna on the reverse and it is one of a handful from Carrhae. That said, even if this was from early on in Septimius reign when he was playing Clodius like a fiddle, why would they leave Geta off. The more sons you have the more secure your dynasty and thus your reign. Of all 7 on AC search but one has Geta on it and not JD. But is that by design or to appease Caracalla when he'd issues a damnatio memoriae on his kid brother after having him stabbed to death in their mother's arms. Could the crescent actaully be a well done countermark to cover brother? Septimius Severus, with Julia Domna and Caracalla, Æ 20mm of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. AD 193-211. AYPH KA[...]KOΛ, laureate head of Septimius Severus to right, facing laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla to left / AYP KAP KOΛ MHT, draped bust of Julia Domna to right, with crescent set on stone before. BMC -; SNG Copenhagen -; SNG Righetti -; Leu 9, 907; Heritage NYINC Signature Sale 3071, 32159. 3.66g, 20mm, 12h. An extremely rare dynastic issue. Nearly very fine. Extremely rare. Purchased from SOL Numismatik June 2022 Looking at the other examples, though no face is completely mushed (like we see with some heavy handed CMs) one of the two on the obverse of each coin looks mushed and lacks detail. Mine is probably the best at not showing this. But in hand Septimius protrudes considerably compared to Caracalla on the left. As you can see the space for the crescent isn't as big as that for Domna. That said, Caracalla appears smaller than SS as well. Check out some others with mushy Caracalla: This one appears to have Geta on the reverse! Could this have been a case of them accidentally damning Domna since she was usually place on the reverse left??? Maybe I am looking too closely at a poorly made rarity of a popular dynasty, but does anyone know one way or the other or have strong inclinations on whether this could be a case where all known coins of the type have been damned and Geta erased? I wonder what some of our hard core Severan fans might think? @dougsmit @maridvnvm and or all you Septimius collectors, thoughts are appreciated on this! Edited January 13 by Ryro 12 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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