Grandmother of Elagabalus and Severus Alexander
AR Denarius. 2.82g, 18.6mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 218-222, struck under Elagabalus
REF: RIC IV 272; BMCRE 81
OBVERSE: IVLIA MAESA AVG, draped bust to right.
REVERSE: SAECVLI FELICITAS, Felicitas standing facing, head to left, holding long caduceus and sacrificing over lighted altar; star in left field.
Ex Vitangelo Collection, with the collector's old tags
Strong details on both sides. A few spots of deposits.
Julia Maesa, sister of the Roman empress Julia Domna, rose to prominence as grandmother of emperors Elagabalus and Severus Alexander. She engineered the restoration of the Severan dynasty after the murder of Caracalla by organizing a coup against Emperor Macrinus. When she later realized her unstable grandson Elagabalus had become a liability, she sanctioned his death and replacement with her other grandson, Alexander. Maesa died around AD 225, having lived long enough to see the initial success of her grandson Alexander's reign.
JULIA MAESA . AD 218-225 . AR Denarius . Grandmother of Elagabalus . *Pedigreed*
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