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RPM4 - Caracalla, Augustus with Septimius Severus (A.D. 198-217), Silver Denarius, 2.98g., 19mm, Rome A.D. 207, ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right, rev., Caracalla standing left, head right, holding spear and parazonium, two river-gods reclining to right and left, holding reeds, seated female at feet, PONTIF TR P X COS II, (RIC 96), extremely fine. $165 SOLD
The reverse depiction of the emperor surrounded by a river god and two barbarian captives has been explained as representing a Roman military victory on either the Danube or possibly a river in Northern Britain like the Tyne. Caracalla left for the British campaign with his father in A.D. 208 and this type might wish to foreshadow their triumph beyond the frontier. Hadrian's Wall follows the line of the Tyne valley at it's eastern end.