A FOUR COIN SET OF JULIA DOMNA AND HER SONS

A FOUR COIN SET OF JULIA DOMNA AND HER SONS


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JULIA DOMNA

Rome Mint, 211-217 CE

Obverse: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG. Draped bust of Julia Domna facing right. Hair elaborately waived and turned up low at back.

Reverse: DIANA LVCIFERA. Diana standing left holding torch in both hands.

Weight: 2.49 g; Diameter: 18.8 mm

Reference:

RIC 4a, 373a

CARACALLA

Rome Mint; 200 CE

Obverse: ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla facing right.

Reverse: PONTIF TR P III. Sol standing front, head left, holding globe and spear.

Weight: 3.07 g; Diameter: 19.25 mm

Reference:

RIC 4a, 30a

CARACALLA

Rome Mint; 210-213 CE

Obverse: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT. Laureate head of Caracalla facing right.

Reverse: P M TR P XVI COS IIII P P. Serapis, wearing polos on head, standing left. Raising right hand and holding transverse sceptre.

Weight: 2.85 g; Diameter: 19.25 mm

Reference:

RIC 4a, 208a

GETA

Rome Mint; 200-202 CE

Obverse: P SEPT GETA CAES PONT. Draped bust of Geta facing right.

Reverse: PRINC IVVENTVTIS. Geta standing left, holding branch and spear. Trophy behind.

Weight: 2.72 g; Diameter: 20.3 mm

Reference:

RIC 4a, 18

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Julia Domna was born in Emesa, in modern day Syria, in 170 CE, the daughter of high priest Gaius Julius Bassianus. She married Septimius Severus in 187/188 CE and had two sons, Caracalla and Geta in 188 and 189 CE, respectively. She is remembered as a woman of great learning and was a trusted adviser to her husband and her sons. With the death of Septimius Severus in 211 CE the empire was left to Caracalla and Geta with the intention that they rule together. Despite the best efforts of the part of Julia Domna, it proved impossible for her sons to rule together and Geta was assassinated by his brother shortly after their father's death. Julia continued to administer the empire while Caracalla was on campaign and held an important role in politics until her death in 217 CE following Caracalla's assassination.