GETA, as Caesar
Fourrée Denarius Core. 2.13g, 17.8mm
MINTED: Irregular mint, circa AD 200-202
REF: cf. RIC 18 (for prototype)
OBVERSE: P SEPT GETA CAES PONT, draped bust right.
REVERSE: PRINC IVVENTVTIS; Geta standing left, holding baton in his right hand and scepter in his left; to right, trophy.
Very Fine. Dark black, slightly rough surfaces.
Sharp details and a very nice example of the core of a fourrée, clearly in official Rome mint style.
A fourrée is an ancient coin with a base metal core that was then plated with a thin layer of precious metal (typically silver, but sometimes also gold or electrum). These were most often counterfeit copies of existing coin types, produced by ancient forgers who would then pass them off as the real thing. Surviving examples typically have their original surface plating broken in areas. In some cases, the plating has completely corroded and worn away, leaving only the base metal core.
Ex A.K. Collection (Triton XX, 9 Jan 17, Part of Lot 623)
The A.K. Collection was assembled over several decades by a connoisseur of Roman coins. An important and extensive collection covering both Imperial and Provincial coinage, many of its coins were acquired from other major European collections or dealers.
Upon the death of Septimius Severus, Geta and his older brother, Caracalla, were proclaimed co-rulers of the Roman empire. Where Caracalla was forceful, brutal and domineering, Geta was thoughtful, urbane and charming. Rome had had co-emperors before in the past, but never two that hated each other as passionately as did the Caracalla and Geta. In the months that followed their coronation, the rivalry between the two young emperors grew so great that at times it seemed like they might decide to simply divide the empire into halves.
Finally, Caracalla asked their mother, the empress Julia Domna, to arrange a meeting where the brothers might discuss a reconciliation. Caracalla then arranged for centurions loyal to him to ambush the meeting and murder Geta, who died in his mother's arms.
GETA, as Caesar . AD 198-209 . Fourrée Denarius Core . *Ex A.K. Collection*
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