Emperor Caracalla’s Silver Tetradrachm

04 Apr 2022  Mon

Issued by Emperor Caracalla, this silver Tetradrachm with the eagle is one of the iconic numismatics pieces of the coinage of the Roman Empire. His reign was also famous for the coins that he minted. Mostly in silver and few in gold, the coins of Emperor Caracalla were distinctive like the emperor himself.

The above-shown coin is a silver tetradrachm, issued probably during his reign. The coin depicts the bust of Caracalla facing right on the obverse. The king is shown with a frown and wearing a laurel. The inscription is around.

The reverse shows an eagle standing facing with his head to the left. The eagle is shown with a wreath on its beak and widespread wings. At the bottom, in the right field, a radiate and draped bust of Shamash facing left are seen. Greek inscription is seen around.

Image Courtesy: coinproject.com

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