Mother of Elagabalus
AR Denarius. 2.54g, 20.1mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 220-222
REF: RIC 241; BMC 46; Cohen 8
OBVERSE: IVLIA SOAEMIAS AVG, draped bust right.
REVERSE: VENVS CAELESTIS, Venus standing front, head to left, holding apple in her right hand and scepter in her left; in field to left, star.
Very Fine/Good Very Fine. Toned.
Julia Soaemias was the daughter of Julia Maesa and the mother of Elagabalus. During his bizarre reign, both Maesa and Soaemias were the effective rulers of the Empire. However, Soaemias allowed, and possibly even approved of, Elagabalus's increasingly disturbing behavior. Maesa saw disaster approaching as a result of Elagabalus's alienation of both the citizens and ruling elite of Rome, and may have had a hand in engineering the assassination of both Elagabalus and Soaemias at the hands of the Praetorian guard on 11 March 222.
JULIA SOAEMIAS . AD 218-222 . AR Denarius . Mother of Elagabalus
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