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Lucius Septimius Geta
Augustus (AD 211/212)  |  De Imperatoribus Romanis entry

Geta was the younger son of the Emperor Septimius Severus, and brother of Caracalla. In 211 AD Severus died and left the empire to both his sons, who loathed each other. Unfortunately (or fortunately as seen by some) the situation ceased when Caracalla murdered Geta in 212 AD. Reportedly Caracalla stabbed his brother himself when Geta fled into the arms of their mother, Julia Domna, for protection. He was reported to be a milder version of Severus and Caracalla, but as he was young when he died, and did not reign long, barely twelve months, there seems to be no clear picture of his character

Obverse Legends on coins depicting Geta

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Coins of Geta currently available

Silver denarius issued AD 206.
Obv: P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES, Bare-headed, draped bust facing right.
Rev: PROVID DEORVM, Providentia standing holding rod and sceptre, globe at feet.<
Good Very Fine   |   AUD $150.00
Silver denarius issued AD 200.
Obv: P SEPT GETA CAES PONT, Bare-headed, draped bust facing right.
Rev: PRINC IVVENTVTIS, Prince standing holding baton and sceptre, trophy behind.<
Good Very Fine   |   AUD $175.00