ambr0zie Posted July 19, 2022 · Member Share Posted July 19, 2022 (edited) One of the most common rulers missing from my Imperial collection was Geta. Although I don't specialize, I like Severan dynasty coins and I rarely refuse one as I like the portraits and the variety of reverses for both Provincial and Imperial coins. Until a few weeks ago, I only had some Provincials. All very nice in my opinion. First was this Ephesus - one of my favorite provincial coins, showing Geta as a young adult Ionia. Ephesos. Geta AD 198-211. Bronze Æ18 mm., 3,86 g. (209-211). Ae. Obv: Λ CEΠ ΓETAC KAI. Bare headed, draped and cuirassed bust right. Rev: EΦECIΩN. Stag standing right. Karwiese 553. SNG Cop 428 I have recently bought 2 interesting provincials discussed here also (Amasia) (Hadrianopolis, apparently unpublished) But the idea of not having a Geta imperial coin bothered me. Previous attempt was a failure as the auction house incorrectly described this Caracalla as Geta and the small flan tricked me also and I didn't check it. I have a Republican Geta 😆 C. Hosidius C. f. Geta 68 BC. Rome. Denarius AR17 mm, 3,96 g Obv: Diademed head of Diana draped right, bow and quiver at her shoulder GETA before, III. VIR behind. Rev.: The wild boar of Calydon right, pierced by spear and attacked by dog. C. HOSIDI. C.F. in exergue. Crawford 407/2 The new coin I added doesn't fully meet my usual requirements (I prefer non generic reverses) but I liked the portrait a lot and in the current auction I only won one other coin so it was a decent excuse to justify the shipping. Geta, as Caesar AD 198-209. Rome Denarius AR; AD 200-202 20 mm, 3,11 g P SEPT GETA CAES PONT, bare-headed and draped bust to right / FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing to left, holding caduceus and cornucopia. RIC IV 9a; BMCRE 220; RSC 38a. Geta didn't have the best fate ever. From "The Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins" by Rasiel Suarez Geta was Caracalla's brother and son of Septimius Severus. He served as Caesar from 198 until his father's death in 211 at which point he became Augustus, sharing the top slot with Caracalla. Caracalla, in turn, wanted none of this and prepared to rid himself of his unwelcome sidekick. Tricking Geta into a feigned peace summit to be convened on the neutral grounds of their mother's residence, Geta was instead ambushed by a detachment of Caracalla's troops and cold-heartedly slain as he desperately sought refuge in his mother's arms. Was indeed Geta the good brother and Caracalla the evil one? Would he have been a better ruler if the odds turned around? Nobody can answer that. But let's see some Geta imperial coins. Edited July 19, 2022 by ambr0zie 25 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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