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    Gem Mint State Venus Aureus

    Julia Domna (AD 193-217). AV aureus (20mm, 7.11 gm, 12h). NGC Gem MS 5/5 - 5/5. Rome, AD 194. IVLIA DO-MNA AVG, draped bust of Julia Domna right, seen from front, hair waved and bound in large crosshatch bun at the back / VENER-I • VICTR, Venus standing right, drapery below posterior, palm branch cradled on left arm, apple upward in right hand, leaning left elbow on a low column to her left. RIC IV.I (Septimius Severus) 536. BMCRE 47. Calicó 2641a. A stunning aureus with full mint bloom in fields.

    Ex MDC Monnaies de Collection sarl 3, (1 December 2017), lot 209.

    Julia Domna was of Syrian-Arab ancestry, as the daughter of the hereditary high priest of Elagabal at Emesa, a wealthy caravan city in the Syrian desert. Beautiful, cultured and highly educated, she was made even more of a "prize" by a horoscope that proclaimed she would marry a king. Septimius Severus probably encountered her family while serving as a general in Syria in the AD 180s; when he learned of the horoscope, he immediately wrote to her father and secured her hand in marriage. Upon Severus' ascension as Roman Emperor in AD 193, Julia was named Augusta and became his closest advisor and confidant. Her love of art, learning and philosophy manifested in a cultural Renaissance in Rome. Her profile graces the obverse of this superb aureus, while the reverse image of Venus Victrix recalls an issue of Titus struck a century earlier.




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