Wife of Septimius Severus. AD 193-217
AR Denarius. 3.43g, 19.4mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 200-207
REF: RIC IV 574 ; Cohen 156
OBVERSE: IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right.
REVERSE: PIETAS PVBLICA, Pietas standing left, raising hands before lit altar.
Ex Cardinal Joachim Meisner Collection, with his handwritten tag
Cardinal Meisner (1933-2017) was a leading figure in the Roman Catholic church, serving as Archbishop of Cologne from 1989 to 2014. He was a close friend of both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. After he passed away in 2017, his private collection of antiquities was auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Cardinal Meisner Foundation of Cologne.
Attractively toned. Sharp portrait. Minor flan crack.
Julia Domna, the daughter of the high priest of Ba'al at Emesa, belonged to a wealthy and aristocratic Arab-Syrian family. Beautiful, intelligent, and highly-educated, she caught the imagination of Septimius Severus, a Roman general serving in Syria, when he met her and was told that her horoscope predicted that she would marry a king. Septimius duly proposed marriage to her, and some years later, won the throne of Rome, becoming Emperor in 193.
Domna frequently accompanied her husband on his military campaigns and was his close confidante. Her influence saw a cultural Renaissance at Rome, where she was also involved in major building projects. After Severus's death, she sought to mediate between her sons, Caracalla and Geta, both of whom hated each other. Here, she would be unsuccessful, and Caracalla would murder Geta within a year of their co-rule.
JULIA DOMNA . AD 193-217 . AR Denarius . Ex Cardinal Meisner Collection with tag
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