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Denarius (Coin) Portraying Julia Mamaea

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

231-235, issued by Severus Alexander

Artist:

Roman, minted in Antioch, Syria

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 Venus stands front, head left, helmet in right hand, spear in left, shield resting against her leg.

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

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Denarius (Coin) Portraying Julia Mamaea

Origin

Rome

Date

231 CE–235 CE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Obverse: IVLIA MAMAEA AVG Reverse: VENVS VICTRIX "Venus Victorious"

Dimensions

Diam. 1.9 cm; 3.07 g

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1922.4889

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