Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR denarius. Struck during the reign of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (Emperor Elagabalus) in honor of his mother Julia Soaemias (180-222 C.E.) during her lifetime, 220 C.E. The draped bust of Julia Soaemias faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "IVLIA SOAEMIAS AVG" surrounding image. On reverse, the seated figure of Venus (the goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity and desire) faces left and holds a scepter in her left hand and an apple in her right, extending her arm toward the child at her feet with the inscriptions "VENVS CAELESTIS" surrounding image. Obverse and reverse inscriptions faded and difficult to decipher.
Date: 220 C.E.
Remarks: Born in 180 C.E., she was the daughter of Julia Maesa and the mother of Elagabalus. Like her son, she was fanatically devoted to the worship of the Sun-God Elagabalus. She was murdered at the same time as her son in 222 C.E. Elagabalus' coins were minted in Rome and Antioch and possibly other Eastern mints too.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2002 (Vol II), #7720, pg 627
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