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I am so glad to finally post an ancient coin. It has been quite awhile since I was able to do so.

This is my 42nd ancient Roman coin.

Son of Septimius Severus and Julia Domna, Geta, was the younger of two brothers that Dad wished to share the rule. Caracalla, Geta's older brother was jealous and greedy and wanted everything for himself.

So he stabbed Geta and Geta died in his mothers arms. That's the way that the world goes round, ever since Cain slew Abel I suppose, and it will until the end.

My First Murder Bowman non-sports card.


I am glad that I am not in power of anything or anyone. Us regular everyday people can count ourselves lucky. I wouldn't want to be Caracalla or Geta but I do like this coin that will be arriving shortly from lordmarcovian who treated me so well in acquiring it.

I believe I have identified this correctly. It is in an NGC holder and graded VF.

Geta as Caesar Denarius. 202 AD.
P SEPT GETA CAES PONT, bare-headed, draped bust right / SECVRIT IMPERII, Securitas seated left, holding globe. RSC 183 RIC 20a Sear 7200.


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Thank you all for viewing and for the "likes". You can certainly post your Geta coins here. I have noticed in my research that there are two varieties on Wildwinds of this type. The other being RSC 183a

This image shows the most obvious area of difference. I hope I have this right? Mine on the left.


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I only have a few, but my favorite is this holed limes denarius.


The hole appears to have been made in antuiquity. This indicates that at some point in the past, someone felt like this was an important enough coin to pierce and wear around their neck. That is worth more than any monetary value in my opinion.

Geta BI Limes Denarius RIC 18b.JPG

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Very nice Geta, Nickelguy! Very cool portrait and toning. 

Having an older brother that used to love beating the crap out of me, I have always been drawn to the story (and saddened by its ultimate conclusion).

Here are some of mine from all over the ancient world at the time:


Geta. As Caesar,

AD 198-209.

AE (5.91g 20mm) MACEDON, Koinon of Macedon. Beroea mint.

Bareheaded, draped, and cuirassed bust right

Rev: Macedonian shield. Unpublished in the standard references. Singular example known. ★ Extremely rare ★

Ex Gorny & Mosch 191 (11 October 2010), lot 1769. Ex CNG auction 415 lot 312, Ex Demos 11 (1 July 2022) Lot 459, From the A. Czarnocka . Collection Warsaw


Caracalla and Geta Æ27 of Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior. AD 209-211. AY K M AY ANTΩNINOC AY K Π C ΓETAC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla, facing laureate and draped bust of Geta left / Y +Λ OYΛΠIANOY MAPKIANOΠOΛITΩN, Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae; lighted altar and Є (mark of value) to left, eagle above dolphin to right. H&J, Marcianopolis,; Varbanov 1085 (same obv. die as illustration). 11 gr, 27mm, 1h. 

Severns.jpg.9d2bf425f89b6d58aec5018312f41be1.jpg.eff10a5b3200bbdb73fe76f9cd5dded1.jpgMESOPOTAMIA. Edessa. Septimius Severus, with Caracalla and Geta, 193-211. Ae (bronze, 3.66 g, 20 mm). [...] Laureate head of Septimius to right, facing laureate and draped bust of Caracalla to left. Rev. [..]AVP[..], bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Geta to right; before, crescent on filleted globe. Lindgren II, 2559; cf. Nomos obolos 17, lot 550; Roma 88, lot 638. Nearly very fine. Extremely rare.

And my Denarius of him as a sweet faced kid


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1 hour ago, thenickelguy said:

Thank you all for viewing and for the "likes". You can certainly post your Geta coins here. I have noticed in my research that there are two varieties on Wildwinds of this type. The other being RSC 183a

This image shows the most obvious area of difference. I hope I have this right? Mine on the left.


Yes this tiny difference seems to be fundamental to RIC. Draped vs draped and cuirassed.

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Here's my best Geta. He doesn't seem all that easy to get in good condition.

Geta Denarius, 209-211
Rome. Silver, 2.95g. Head with laurel wreath from right; P SEPT GETA PIVS - AVG BRIT. Victory with palm branch and wreath from left, head from left; VICTORI-AE BRIT (Victory in Britain) (RIC IV, 92).

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I'll contribute a couple of provincials to the thread.

Geta, as Caesar, AD 198-209.
Roman provincial AE 19.4 mm, 5.42 g, 7 h.
Pisidia, Cremna, AD 198-209.
Obv: L SEP G-ETAC N(?)C, bare-head of Geta to right.
Rev: MIDAE DE-AE COL CRE, Mida seated on chair to left, with patera in right hand.
Refs: BMC 19, p. 302, 9A; Von Aulock Pisidiens II 1243; SNG France 1502.

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Geta, Caesar AD 198-209.
Roman provincial Æ hemiassarion, 15.0 mm, 1.62 g, 1 h.
Bithynia, Nicaea, AD 198-209.
Obv: ΓΕΤΑC ΚΑΙCΑΡ, bare-headed and draped bust, right.
Rev: ΝΙΚΑΙΕΩΝ, coiled serpent.
Refs: Waddington RG, 717 var. (bare-head, r.); SNG von Aulock --; Weiser --; BMC --.

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Nice coin!

I'm still surprised that at that time, the murder of Geta was not such a big issue. Ok, maybe it was - at least Caracalla decided that it was safer to also murder anyone who supported Geta, anyone who might have supported Geta and also many other people... About 20'000 people, according to wikipedia.
But after that, Caracalla was quite popular and they even deified him after his death. Isn't that incredible?! 😧 

I have 2 very similar versions of Geta - once with clothes on obverse and reverse and once the naked version on obverse and reverse. I assume that the genius had to be naked, that's why they went for the naturist version on the 2nd coin 🤔


Geta, as Caesar. Denarius. 208 or 209 AD. Rome. 20mm - 3.06g. RIC 62b
Obv: P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES, bare headed and draped bust right
Rev: PONTIF COS II, Geta, veiled, standing left, sacrificing out of patera over tripod and holding short sceptre. 


Geta, as Caesar. Denarius. 209 AD. Rome. 20mm - 3.39g. Ric 59b
Obv: P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES. Bare head right.
Rev: PONTIF COS II. Genius standing left, sacrificing from patera over lighted altar and holding corn ears

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Cool coin and @lordmarcovan is TheMan !

The best I can do with Geta is the following


Geta (Cesar 28/01/198 puis Auguste, automne 209-26/12/211) - Tetradrachme de billon de l'atelier d'Antioche du deuxième groupe, c. 208
KAI CAP ΓΕΤΑC, buste lauré de Geta à droite
ΔHΜΑΡX.EΞ.YΠΑ.ΤΟ.B., Aigle de face les ailes déployées, la tête à droite, tenant dans son bec une couronne. Entre ses serres la cuisse d'un animal de sacrifice.
13,40 gr
Ref : Prieur #209_006 (5 - même coin d'avers), McAlee # 718 (V.rare - mêmes coins)

Provenance : Vente privée le 06/04/2006


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Geta, AD 209-211. AE, Sestertius. 21.89 g. 31.87 mm. Rome. Obv: IMP CAES P SEPT GETA PIVS AVG. Head of Geta, laureate, right. Rev: PONTIF TR P II COS II, S C. Caracalla and Geta, veiled, togate, standing right and left facing each other, sacrificing out of paterae in right hands over tripod and holding batons in left hands; behind, flute player facing and victim. Ref: RIC 156b; Cohen 145; BMC 214


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Great coins! I picked up this Geta denarius a few days ago. 🙂 

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Geta (as Caesar) 198-208, Silver Denarius
Obv: Draped bust of Geta right "P SEPT GETA CAES PONT"
Rev: Felicitas standing left holding a caduceus and cornucopiae "FELICITAS PVBLICA"
RSC 38a.  18mm, 3.20g


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Nice coins everybody


Two provincial Getas


Ionia, Ephesus
Obv.: Λ CЄ Π ΓЄTAC K, bareheaded, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: ЄΦЄCIΩN, Artemis driving biga of stags right, drawing arrow from quiver and holding bow.
AE, 3.15g, 17mm
Ref.: SNG München 169-70
Ex Bankhaus Aufhäuser, 1995
Ex Dr. P. Vogl collection



Pisidia, Polga
Obv.: ΠO CЄ ΓЄTAN KA, bareheaded, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev.: ΠΩΛ-ЄΩN, Artemis standing right, holding bow and drawing arrow from quiver, to right, stag standing right, looking up.
AE, 19mm, 5.96g
Ref.: BMC Lycia, Pamphylia and Pisidia, p.236, 4 var. (stag left)

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A variety of Geta from my collection.


Obv:- AY K M AY ANTWNINOC AY K P CEP, GETAC in exergue, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Caracalla right confronting laureate and draped bust of Geta left;
Rev:- Y FL OYLPIANOY MAPKIANOPOLITWN, Concordia standing slightly left, patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, E (mark of value) lower left;
Minted in Markianopolis (Devnya, Bulgaria). Consular Legate Flavius Ulpianus, 210 - 211 A.D
Reference:– Varbanov (Engl.) 1083

27.33 mm. 11.74 gms. 0 degrees


Eastern mint denarius as Caesar

Obv:– P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES, draped bust right
Rev:– MARTI VICTORI, Mars advancing right, holding spear & trophy
Minted in Laodicea-ad-Mare. A.D. 203
Reference:– BMC 742. RIC 103. RSC 76.


Rome mint Denarius as Augustus

Obv:– IMP CAES P SEPT GETA PIVS AVG, Laureate head right
Rev:– PONTIF TR P COS II, Geta on horseback riding left, spearing enemy beneath.
Minted in Rome. A.D. 209
Reference:– BMC p. 359 17. RIC 68 (Rated Rare), RSC 130. Only 4 examples in RD so quite a rare coin on that basis


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