MINERVA/ATHENA -- Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D.

Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D.

Minerva, equated with the Greek Athena, was the Roman virgin warrior goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts, magic, and the inventor of music. She was worshipped on the Capitoline Hill as one of the Capitoline Triad along with Jupiter and Juno.

Silver denarius, RIC IV 330, RSC III 566, BMCRE V 459, VF, tight flan, 2.400g, 16.9mm, 180o, Laodicea ad Mare mint, as caesar, c. 196 - 197 A.D.; obverse M AVR ANTONINVS PONTIF, boy's bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SECVRITAS PERPETVA (Security Everlasting), Minerva standing left, aegis on breast, resting right on grounded shield, inverted spear in left.

A crisp and unusual portrait of Caracalla; the mouth is twisted and grotesque, the eyes cold & piercing. HOT psychometric and a powerful Goddess contact.