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197 AD Roman Empire AR Denarius Julia Domna Vesta Laodicea Silver Coin RIC-648


197 AD Roman Empire AR Denarius Julia Domna Vesta Laodicea Silver Coin RIC-648

  • 197 AD Roman Imperial AR Denarius
  • Issued under the rule of Septimius Severus, the 20th Emperor of the Roman Empire (193-211 AD)
    • Severus was born in Leptis Magna in the Roman province of Africa; as a young man he advanced through the cursus honorum—the customary succession of offices—under the reigns of Marcus Aurelius and Commodus
    • Severus seized power after the death of Emperor Pertinax in 193 during the Year of the Five Emperors
  • Obverse features a bust of the Julia Domna, facing right, with the legend "IVLIA AVGVSTA"
    • Empress and wife of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus and mother of Emperors Geta and Caracalla, Julia was famous for her prodigious learning as well as her extraordinary political influence
  • Reverse depicts Vesta holding patera and scepter, standing left, with the legend "VESTAE SANCTAE"
    • Vesta is the virgin goddess of the hearth, home, and family in Roman religion
    • The importance of Vesta to Roman religion is indicated by the prominence of the priesthood devoted to her, the Vestal Virgins, Rome's only college of full-time priests
  • Minted at Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria)
  • Struck from silver
  • Diameter: 11 mm (at widest point)
  • Weight: 3.1 grams
  • Condition: Ungraded
  • Catalog number: RIC#648, BMC#280, Sear#6614
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JBC 2/5/15