Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR denarius. Struck during the reign of emperor Severus Alexander (Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexander Augustus) in honor of his mother Julia Mamaea (180-235 C.E.) during her lifetime, 222 C.E. The draped bust of Julia Mamaea faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "IVLIA MAMAEA AVG" surrounding image. On reverse, the standing figure of Juno, the goddess of marriage and childbirth and queen of the gods, faces left and holds a patera in her right hand and a scepter in her left with a peacock and her feet with the inscriptions "IVNO CONSERVATRIX" surrounding image.
Date: 222 C.E.
Remarks: The daughter of Julia Maesa and mother of Severus Alexander, Julia Mamaea was, during the reign of her son, the real power behind the throne. She exercised a strict control over the young emperor and even selected a wife for him, but she soon disposed of her protege when she considered that she was gaining too much influence over Alexander. Julia Mamaea was murdered with her son on March 22nd, 235 C.E. Severus Alexander's coins were minted in Rome and Antioch.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2002 (Vol II), #8212, pg 678.
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