Julia Domna, 193-211 AD


ID Number: AC13-0404
Category: Ancient Coins
Description: Julia Domna, 193 - 211 AD
Country or State: Roman Empire
Year: 193 - 211 AD
Head of State/Ruler: Septimius Severus (Full Name: Lucius Septimius Severus Augustus), 21st Emperor of the Roman Empire
Reign: 14 April 193 – 4 February 211
Currency: Denarius
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Obverse: Draped Bust Right
Obverse Legend: IVLIA AVGVSTA
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Reverse: Vesta standing left with patera and sceptre
Reverse Legend: VESTAE SANCTAE
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Edge: Irregular
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Composition: Silver (Ag)
Diameter: ~16.5 mm (irregular)
Weight: 2.2 grams
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Other Catalog Number: SRCV II 6614; RIC IV 587; BMCRE V 99; RSC III 246
State of Conservation: Fine (F), Dark Brown and Green Patina

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Julia Domna was a member of the Severan dynasty of the Roman Empire. Empress and wife of Roman Emperor Lucius Septimius Severus and mother of Emperors Geta and Caracalla, Julia was among the most important women ever to exercise power behind the throne in the Roman Empire.

Julia was from a Syrian family, thought to be of Arab descent, of the city of Emesa. She was the youngest daughter of the high-priest Gaius Julius Bassianus and her eldest sister was Julia Maesa. Her ancestors were Priest Kings of the famous temple of Baʿal. The family had enormous wealth and was promoted to Roman senatorial aristocracy.

In the late 180s, Julia married future Emperor Septimius Severus, usually considered to be of Punic background. The marriage proved to be a happy one and Severus cherished his wife and her political opinions, since she was very well read and keen on philosophy. Together, they had two sons, Lucius Septimius Bassianus (Caracalla) in 188 and Publius Septimius Geta in 189.