Geta Æ sestertius. Rome, late 211 AD. P SEPTIMIVS GETA PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate and bearded bust of Geta right / VOTA PVBLICA, Geta, togate and veiled, standing left, sacrificing out of patera over tripod behind which a bull reclines; S-C across fields. RIC 187a; C. 232; BMCRE 235. 27.16 g, 31 mm. On this sestertius, Geta is depicted in pleasing style with a newly grown, long and curly beard, with an unmistakable resemblance to Septimius. Cassius Dio relates that the troops felt kindly towards Geta since his appearance was very similar to his father's. It must have been a point of contention or even an outright provocation to Caracalla when Geta began fashioning himself so overtly in their father's image. The reverse celebrates the vota publica, or public vows to the emperor. Every year on January 3rd the people assembled to offer their collective vows for the good health and safety of the emperor. January 3rd 211 AD seems too early for this issue, since Septimius would still be alive. On the other hand, we are told Geta was murdered in late December 211, so just before the annual ceremony of 212. Did another vota publica take place on the occasion of Geta and Caracalla's return to Rome and their accession to co-rule? Or could this coin possibly be minted for the 212 AD ceremony, presumably just before or after the famous fratricide? There is this article by Andreas Pangerl which is very relevant: https://www.academia.edu/4470309/Portraittypen_des_Caracalla_und_des_Geta_auf_römischen_Reichsprägungen_-_Definition_eines_neuen_Caesartyps_des_Caracalla_und_eines_neuen_Augustustyps_des_Geta However, I can't read German. I hacked through it with Google translate and I think I got a lot of it, somehow. The article details how the portrait styles of Caracalla and Geta, on coins and plastic busts, can be dated and quite closely linked into a chronology of types. For Geta, whose marble and other plastic portrait busts are very limited compared to his brother's (due to a thorough damnatio memoriae), his imperial coins are the most essential pieces of evidence when examining and recreating the chronology of his portrait styles. In the months following the death of Septimius in early February 211 AD, Geta's portraiture on imperial coins became quite distinct from his brother's, most notably showing the growth of a full, curly and multi-tipped beard in the distinct style of his father. The linked article has a lot of pretty pictures by the way, so its well worth a scroll through if you like Severan coins (and would likely be a lot better if you speak German!) I noted a number of examples of obverse die links of this sestertius (RIC 187a) to (RIC 171a). An example of such a die match is photographed in the article (p.109 fig. 4)). I'd like to ask if anyone has suggestions for some good reading material about the Severan era, any recommendations from scholarly works to historical fiction are appreciated! Also feel free to post your coins of Geta - especially examples with Geta growing out his beard! Please chip in with your thoughts about the coin.