GETA


Caesar: 198-209 A.D.
Augustus: 209-211 A.D.

PVBLIVS SEPTIMIVS GETA, the youngest of the two sons of Septimius Severus and Julia Domna, was born on March 7, 189 A.D. He was given the rank of Caesar in 198, at the same time when his older brother Antoninus (known as Caracalla) was made co-augustus with Septimius Severus. So from the onset Geta seemed destined to play second fiddle to Caracalla, causing signifficant tension between the two brothers and their followers.
When turmoil in Britain demanded first hand Imperial presence, Geta traveled with his parents and Caracalla to the island province. There he was finally raised to the rank of Augustus the following year.
In accordance with Septimius' wishes, Geta and Caracalla became co-rulers of the Roman Empire upon Septimius' death early in 211, but after their return to Rome the sibling rivaly only intensified. This culminated December 26, 211 A.D. in the murder of Geta at the Imperial palace by guards loyal to his brother, motivated by false claims of a consipracy by Geta and his followers against the life of Caracalla, who subsequently ordered a "damnatio memoriae" to erase the memory of his "treacherous" sibling.
(contributed by Jan de Veen) 



The Denarii

Silver Denarius (19mm, 2.97gr) Struck 200 A.D. in Rome, as Caesar

Obv: P SEPT GETA CAES PONT Bare-headed and draped bust right

Rev: PRINC IVVENT Geta standing left, holding baton and scepter, tropy behind him.

RIC 18, RSC 157b,  CSS 423, Sear 7196
Mark Lehman Collection

Silver Denarius (19mm, 3.36gr) Struck 202 A.D. in Rome, as Caesar

Obv: P SEPT GETA CAES PONT Bare-headed and draped bust right

Rev: SECVRIT IMPERII Securitas seated left, holding globe.

RIC 20b, RSC 183a,  CSS 553, Sear 7200
Kevin Ingleston Collection

Silver Denarius (18mm, 3.30gr) Struck 207 A.D. in Rome, as Caesar

Obv: P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES Bare-headed and draped bust right

Rev: PONTIF COS Minerva standing left, resting hand on shield and holding spear.

RIC 34b, RSC 104a,  CSS 848, Sear 7186
Mark Lehman Collection

Silver Denarius (19mm, 3.86gr) Struck 205 A.D. in Rome, as Caesar

Obv: GETA CAES PONT COS Bare-headed and draped bust right

Rev: VOTA PVBLICA Geta, togate and veiled, standing half-left, sacrificing out of patera over lighted tripod, holding roll.

RIC 38b, RSC 230,  CSS 732, Sear 7207
Jan de Veen Collection

Silver Denarius (19mm, 3.32gr) Struck 208 A.D. in Rome, as Caesar

Obv: P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES Bare-headed and draped bust right

Rev: PONTIF COS II Genius standing facing, head left, holding patera over altar and two grain ears.

RIC 59a, RSC 114a,  CSS 984, Sear 7187
Jan de Veen Collection

Silver Denarius (19mm, 3.43gr) Struck 211 A.D. in Rome, as Augustus

Obv: P SEPT GETA PIVS AVG BRIT Laureate head right

Rev: FORT RED TR P III, COS II PP in Ex. Fortuna reclining right, holding cornucopiae and resting elbow on wheel.

RIC 77 note, RSC 62a,  CSS 1276, Sear 7246
Jan de Veen Collection
 
Silver Denarius (18.5mm, 3.33gr) Struck 211 A.D. in Rome, as Augustus

Obv: P SEPT GETA PIVS AVG BRIT Laureate head right

Rev: TR P III COS II PP Felicitas standing half-left, holding caduceus and cornucopiae.

RIC 80, RSC 198,  CSS 1264, Sear 7253
Jan de Veen Collection

The Sestertii
Orichalcum Sestertius (29mm, 18.84gr) Struck 211 A.D. in Rome, as Augustus

Obv: P SEPTIMIVS GETA PIVS AVG BRIT Laureate bust right.

Rev: TR P III COS II PP, S C Italia seated left, holding scepter and cornucopiae.

RIC 171b, Sear 7268 var., VM 55
Mark Lehman Collection