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Roman Empire, Geta, Tetradrachm

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Roman Empire, Geta, Tetradrachm (obverse) Roman Empire, Geta, Tetradrachm (reverse)

The first Roman emperor, Augustus (27 BC-14 AD), brought the idea of the eagle as an imperial symbol from Egypt to Rome. From then on the eagle appeared on Roman military standards, too for that eagles guaranteed victory was known from numerous representations of those birds with wreaths in their claws or beaks.

Here the eagle is shown on the reverse of a Roman tetradrachm from the 3rd century. The bird is depicted almost from the front, with its head turned and holding a victory wreath in its beak. The coin was minted in Syria and issued by Emperor Geta (209-212), who is represented on the obverse.

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