Roman Empire, Caracalla as Caesar, Denarius

The obverse of this Roman denarius bears the image of young Lucius Septimius Bassianus, who as emperor would become known under the name of Caracalla. He was made Caesar, co-regent of his father Septimius Severus, when he was nine years old. The denarius was issued in the year 201, and thus shows the Caesar at the age of about thirteen.

The reverse of the coin depicts a trophy between to seated captives. Such trophies were made from a stake or a frame on which the weapons and armors of the defeated foes were hung. On the triumphal processions, which the Romans held after every big and successful war in honor of the imperator, the trophies were displayed on chariots. They were then dedicated to a god in thanksgiving for the victory.