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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.


231-235, issued by Severus Alexander


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.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


Denarius (Coin) Portraying Julia Mamaea


Rome (Minted in)

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231 CE–235 CE




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


Diam.: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

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Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

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