Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR denarius. Struck during the reign of emperor Septemius Severus (Lucius Septimius Severus Augustus) in honor of his wife Julia Domna (170-217 C.E.) during her lifetime, in Rome, 196-211 C.E. The draped bust of Julia Domna faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "IVLIA AVGVSTA" surrounding image. On reverse, the standing figure of Laetitia (the goddess and personification of gaiety) faces left and holds a patera in her right hand and a ship rudder in her left with the inscription "LAETITIA" surrounding image. Obverse and reverse inscriptions based off Sear reference; large section of coin missing, rendering the inscriptions difficult to decipher.
Date range: 196-211 C.E.
Remarks: Born in Emesa in Syria, Julia Domna came to Rome as a young woman and in 173 C.E. was married to Septimius Severus as his second wife. In 188 C.E. she bore him a son, the future emperor Caracalla, and in the following year another son, Geta, who was also destined to become emperor. She was a woman of brilliant intellect and Severus often consulted her on matters of importance and was frequently guided by her counsel. In 217 C.E., after the murder of her son, Caracalla, she considered her position to be hopeless and committed suicide by a voluntary abstinence from food. Septimius Severus' coins were minted in Rome and Laodiceia ad Mare, and possibly Caesarea, Emesa, and Alexandria.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2002 (Vol II), #6559, pg 494
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Italy/Rome|