209-211 AD, Roman Empire, AR Denarius, Issued as Caesar rv Geta (#01-0209-AN200)

As one of the largest and most enduring civilizations in the history of the world, the Roman Empire has fascinated historians and archaeologists for centuries. The Roman Empire is considered to be a major part of the foundation of western culture and has directly influenced our philosophy, language, politics, and art.

The obverse of this coin features the profile image of Publius Septimius Geta who served as Caesar, or Roman Emperor, from AD 209-211. The reverse depicts the young emperor holding an olive branch in his right hand and a spear in the other. Geta was co-ruler with his father, Septimius Severus, and older brother, Caracalla.

Geta was only 20 years old when he was given the title of Augustus by his father and officially made a co-ruler of the Roman Empire. After their father's death in 211, Geta and his brother both took the title of Caesar and became joint emperors, but sharing the throne led to difficulties between the two rulers. In the absence of their father's leadership, the brothers argued about everything, and their differences threatened to divide the empire and plunge it into civil war. By the end of 211, the situation had become intolerable for Caracalla, and he had his brother assassinated during a visit with their mother.

Graded Ch XF (Choice Extremely Fine) by NGC, one of the most respected coin grading services in the United States, this silver denarius exhibits a well centered strike with impressive detail and would make an excellent addition to any collection.

(The image is for reference purposes only. Since each ancient coin is unique, the one pictured may not be the exact coin you receive.)