Roman Empire, Geta as Augustus (209-212), As, Fortuna enthroned

£125.00

Roman Empire

Geta as Augustus (209-212)

As, Rome, c. AD 211

Obv: P SEPTIMIVS GETA PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate head r.

Rev: FORT RED TR P III COS II S C in exergue, Fortuna enthroned l., holding rudder and cornucopiae, wheel below seat.

10.25g.

RCV 7279, RIC 175(a).

Very Fine and scarce.

Geta was the younger son of Septimius Severus.  He was given the title of Caesar in 198, and Augustus in 209.  On his father's death in 211 he ruled jointly with his elder brother Caracalla,  but after only a year Caracalla murdered him and ordered that all statues of him should be destroyed and all coins in his name melted down.  As a result, Geta's coinage is comparatively rare.