Aureus with bust of Caracalla

Imperial Period
A.D. 215

Mint: Rome

Catalogue Raisonné

Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 043.


Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 7.08 gm. Die Axis: 1

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Caracalla to right.
Reverse: Caracalla, laureate and in military dress, sacrifices before the temple of Aesculapius at Pergamum. He holds a scepter and a patera above a small altar. Within the temple in front of the emperor is a statue of Aesculapius, holding a serpent-wreathed rod. Behind the emperor is a togate figure holding a roll in his left hand, perhaps representing the Senate. On the base of the temple is the small figure of Telesphorus, son of Aesculapius, holding a palm branch. In background above the emperor’s right shoulder, a vexillum.


By 2004: with Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., 31 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602 (according to the warranty attached to the bill of sale, the aureus was purchased in London and was possibly found in Lebanon); June 23, 2004: purchased by MFA from Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour