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204 NGC XF Caracalla Roman Empire Denarius Bacchus & Hercules Secular Games (17110902CZ)

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  • Roman Empire silver denarius coin, Foss 30, RIC 74a (rated R2), 204 CE.
  • Certified by NGC to XF.   
  • Rare historic issue minted during the celebration of the Secular Games in 204 with honors to Bacchus and Hercules, sacrifices, games, and a donative.
  • Issued during joint reign of Septimius Severus and Caracalla.
  • Obverse: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate bust of emperor as boy.
  • Reverse: COS LVDOS SAECVL FEC, Bacchus on left, standing right holding cup and thyrsus; facing him Hercules on right, standing left, holding club and lion-skin; at feet of Bacchus left a panther.
  • Bacchus was the Roman god of agriculture, wine and fertility copied from the Greek god. His plants were vines and twirling ivy.