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Sestertius (Coin) Portraying Julia Mamaea

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

222-235

Artist:

Roman, minted in Rome

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin portrays the bust of Julia Mamaea, the mother of Roman Emperor Alexander Severus, facing to the right, draped, and diademed. On the back (reverse), the goddess Felicity is seated to the left with a caduceus and horn of plenty.

Coins recorded the ever-changing hairdos of the royal ladies in Rome and carried the new fashions to the far corners of the empire.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Sestertius (Coin) Portraying Julia Mamaea

Place

Roman Empire (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

222 CE–235 CE

Medium

Bronze

Inscriptions

Obverse: IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA Reverse: FELICITAS PVBLICA S C

Dimensions

Diam.: 2.9 cm (1 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of William F. Dunham

Reference Number

1920.892

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