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Numism => For the New Ancient Coin Collector => Topic started by: Steven H on November 26, 2018, 12:02:39 pm



Title: I received my Julia Domna beauty today!
Post by: Steven H on November 26, 2018, 12:02:39 pm
I know I'm going to sound like a 5-year-old at Christmas, but I received my Julia Domna silver denarius today from Forum Ancient Coins, and I can't tell you how thrilled I am.

I can't afford this hobby, so just to have an ancient coin is extremely special to me. I've been almost obsessively interested in ancient Roman history for years, and that's what led me to reading about ancient coins in the first place, which in turn led me to Forum Ancient Coins. Regardless of not being able to buy coins, I still love reading about them, looking at the listings, and learning about the history associated with them - fascinating stuff.

For the longest time, my primary interest was mostly in the first century Roman emperors, but looking at coins made me expand my interest into later emperors and their stories, and after seeing so many Julia Domna coins online I read more about her and her family, and she really got my respect, so I decided to look for the best coin of hers that I could afford. Naturally, I found it right here at Forum Ancient Coins, and it's a beauty!

Honestly, the first time I saw the coin I was done. I had never seen another coin portrait of Julia Domna anywhere that looked so believable, so genuine, or so realistic, unlike pretty much every other coin portrait of hers that I'd seen. She was around 43 when this coin was minted, and (refreshingly) she looks like it on this coin, but in a very noble, dignified, and experienced way, and she looks much more like her sister, Julia Maesa, than in the usual coin portraits of her. Finally, an artist depicted her not in a "make her look young" way, but in a "let her shine as she is" way. That probably sounds ridiculous, but I absolutely love this coin!

If you can remember what it felt like when you got your first really nice ancient coin, that's how I feel. Thanks again, Joe!


(https://www.forumancientcoins.com/Coins2/86667q00.jpg)



Title: Re: I received my Julia Domna beauty today!
Post by: Jochen on November 26, 2018, 12:16:23 pm
A very serious portrait. A Beauty!

Jochen


Title: Re: I received my Julia Domna beauty today!
Post by: Aeneas on November 26, 2018, 12:26:23 pm
Dear Steven H

Congratulation on your coin! A true beauty!! My first purchase was also a Domna denarius and I remember exactly how I felt that day. Even with modest means, perhaps with a layaway plan, you could be able to assemble a small collection of the whole family (beginning with her husband Septimius Severus and her two sons Caracalla and Geta). That was exactly how I proceeded and now, almost 9 years later, I have a dedicated collection of silver coins of Caracalla.

Keep on reading an posting your new coins!

David


Title: Re: I received my Julia Domna beauty today!
Post by: okidoki on November 26, 2018, 01:05:35 pm
Congrats sharp coin


Title: Re: I received my Julia Domna beauty today!
Post by: Enodia on November 26, 2018, 02:26:21 pm
I love the subtle toning, very pretty.

- Peter


Title: Re: I received my Julia Domna beauty today!
Post by: Joe Sermarini on November 26, 2018, 05:16:42 pm
Thanks. I am glad you like the coin. It truly is a superb Roman portrait.


Title: Re: I received my Julia Domna beauty today!
Post by: orfew on November 26, 2018, 08:49:19 pm
Wow, that is an exceptional portrait on a great coin. Congrats on this superb acquisition.