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.
- Currently Off View
- Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium
- Ancient Roman
- Denarius (Coin) Portraying Julia Mamaea
- 231 CE–235 CE
- Obverse: IVLIA MAMAEA AVG Reverse: VENVS VICTRIX "Venus Victorious"
- Diam. 1.9 cm; 3.07 g
- Gift of Martin A. Ryerson