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    Julia Paula (AD 219-220). AR quinarius (15mm, 1.20 gm, 7h). NGC (photo-certificate) MS 5/5 - 1/5, edge repair. Rome. IVLIA PAVL-A AVG, draped bust of Julia Paula right, seen from front, wearing stephane / CONCO-RDIA, Concordia enthroned left, patera in outstretched right hand; star in left field. RIC IV.II 213.

    From the Morris Collection. Ex F. Trau collection, Gilhofer & Ranschburg, A. Hess AG, Auktion 22. May 1935 (Vienna) lot 2458.

    Julia Cornelia Paula was the first wife of Roman emperor Elagabalus, a marriage which lasted only a scant year, from 219-220. Cornelia Paula was elevated to the title Augusta at their wedding and was also given the family name of Julia. The following year, Elagabalus divorced Julia Cornelia Paula to enter into a scandalous marriage to the Vestal Virgin Aquilia Severa while she was still is service as a temple virgin and sworn to celibacy. Elagabalus married Severa as a part of the religious worship of the Syrian Sun God El-Gabal from where the emperor's nickname (only used after his death) is derived.

    Little is known of her fate but her early life is well documented. Cornelia Paula's maternal lineage was the gens Cornelia and her father was a Roman nobleman of Greek descent and a praetorian prefect.


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