Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR denarius. Struck during the reign of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (Emperor Elagabalus) in honor of his grandmother Julia Maesa (165-226 C.E.) during her lifetime, 220-222 C.E. The draped bust of Julia Maesa faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "IVLIA MAESA AVG" surrounding image. On reverse, the standing figure of Felicitas, the goddess and personification of divinely inspired productivity, blessedness, or happiness, faces left and holds a patera with her right hand over an altar and a long caduceus with her left and a star to her right with the inscriptions "SAECVLI FELICITAS" surrounding image.
Date range: 220-222 C.E.
Remarks: The sister of Julia Domna and grandmother of Elagabalus and Severus Alexander, Julia Maesa was largely responsible for the rebellion which resulted in the overthrow of Macrinus and the restoration of the Severan Dynasty. She survived the assassination of Elagabalus and Soaemias in 222 C.E. and died about three years later during the reign of her younger grandson, Severus Alexander.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2002 (Vol II), #7757, pg 631.
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|