Roman silver coin (denarius) issued in the name of Julia Maesa
Roman silver coin (denarius) issued in the name of Julia Maesa, sister-in-law of the emperor Septimius Severus, 218 - 224 AD.
Obverse: Draped bust right with the legend IVLIA MAESA AVG around.
Reverse: The legend SAECVLI FELICITAS around Felicitas standing left with patera over altar and caduceus; star in right field.
Materials and method: Struck in good quality silver from engraved dies.
Die engraver: Unknown engraver at the mint of Rome.
Date of minting: Attributed to the years 218 – 224 AD.
Origin: Attributed to the mint of Rome. No mint mark.
Dimensions: 18 mm diameter.
Weight: 3.15 gm
Condition: Almost extremely fine.
References: Roman Silver Coinage, Vol III 45.
Stock no: C030
- Julia Maesa was born at Emesa in Syria, modern day city of Homs. She was the daughter of the high priest of the Temple of the Sun at Emesa, Julius Bassianus. Her younger sister, Julia Domna, married the emperor Septimius Severus. Maesa married the Syrian Julius Avitus and they had two daughters who would become the mothers of two future emperor’s, Elagabalus and Severus Alexander.
- Julia Maesa was made “Augusta” in the reign of her grandson Elagabalus (218 -222 AD). She is thought to have died between 224 and 227 AD. This coin was therefore struck during the reign of Elagabalus or early in the reign of Severus Alexander.
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