JULIA PAULA

1st Wife of Elagabalus, AD 219-220

AR Denarius. 3.10g, 18mm

MINTED: Rome mint, AD 219-220

REF: RIC 211; RSC 6a

OBVERSE: IVLIA PAVLA AVG, draped bust right.

REVERSE: CONCORDIA, Concordia, draped, seated left, holding patera in extended right hand and double cornucopiae in left hand; star to left.

 

Grade/Notes:

Clean, bright surfaces with minor graininess. Struck from a worn obverse die but with a bold portrait.

 

Provenance:

From the collection of a Yorkshire Gentleman, sold with the collector's ticket.

 

Historical Notes:

Julia Paula was the first wife of Elagabalus, the unstable teenage emperor from Syria who scandalized Rome with his bizarre religious rituals and unorthodox sexual practices. One has to wonder what Julia Paula, daughter of the Praetorian Prefect and who hailed from one of Rome's most aristocratic families, made of her flamboyant foreign husband. Their wedding was lavish and accompanied by festive games in 219. Julia Paula’s age is not known, but her husband was 15 years old at the time. In 220, he divorced her to marry the Vestal Virgin, Aquilia Severa.

JULIA PAULA . AD 219-220 . AR Denarius . First Wife of Elagabalus

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