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Family and Children on Ancient Coins


Lucilla, Augusta c. 164 - 182 A.D., Wife of Lucius Verus
Click for a larger photo Lucilla was the daughter of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina II. She was married to the co-emperor Lucius Verus at age 15 and bore him several children. She was exiled then executed after being implicated in a plot to assassinate her brother Commodus.
SH69929. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 1747, Cohen 37, BMCRE 1154, Banti III 18, SRCV II 5504, VF, weight 29.187 g, maximum diameter 31.2 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, c. 166 A.D.; obverse LVCILLAE AVG M ANTONINI AVG F, draped bust right; reverse IVNONI - LVCINAE, Juno seated left on throne with back, feet on footstool, flower in right, swaddled child cradled in left arm, S C in exergue; big attractive bronze!; $500.00 (€375.00) ON RESERVE

Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Cyzicus, Mysia; Britannicus, Octavia and Antonia
Click for a larger photo Britannicus was the son of Claudius and Messalina, and the presumptive heir. Octavia was his older sister. Antonia was a daughter of Claudius, by an earlier wife.
SH67894. Bronze AE 12, RPC I 2248, BMC Mysia -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG Hunterian -, F, weight 1.770 g, maximum diameter 12.4 mm, die axis 0o, Kyzicus mint, 25 Jan 41 - 42 A.D.; obverse NEΩΣ ΓEPMANIKOΣ K Y, bare head of Britannicus right; reverse AN OKTA, confronted, draped busts of Antonia and Octavia; very rare; $460.00 (€345.00)

Plautilla, Augusta 202 - 22 January 205 A.D., Wife of Caracalla
Click for a larger photo Although this coin suggests Caracalla and Plautilla desired an heir, it would have been difficult because their mutual hatred was so strong they even refused to dine together. Their marriage was likely never consummated. After the fall and execution of her father, Caracalla's Praetorian Prefect, she was exiled to the Lipari islands and executed in 212 A.D.
RS68921. Silver denarius, RIC IV 367, RSC III 16, BMCRE V 422, SRCV II 7072, VF, excellent centering, weight 2.582 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 203 A.D.; obverse PLAVTILLA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse PIETAS AVGG, Pietas standing facing, head right, long scepter in right, child in left; scarce; $225.00 (€168.75)

Plautilla, Augusta 202 - 22 January 205 A.D., Wife of Caracalla
Click for a larger photo The "eternal harmony" between Caracalla and Plautilla was complete fiction. She and Caracalla hated each other, lived separately, and the marriage was likely never consummated. After the fall and execution of her father, Caracalla's Praetorian Prefect, she was exiled to the Lipari islands and executed in 212 A.D.
SH59964. Silver denarius, RIC IV 361, RSC III 10, VF, weight 3.266 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 202 - 22 Jan 205 A.D.; obverse PLAVTILLAE AVGVSTAE, draped bust right; reverse CONCORDIA AETERNAE, Caracalla, togate, standing left, clasping hands with Plautilla who stands right; $200.00 (€150.00)

Plautilla, Augusta 202 - 22 January 205 A.D., Wife of Caracalla
Click for a larger photo Although this coin suggests Caracalla and Plautilla desired an heir, it would have been difficult because their mutual hatred was so strong they even refused to dine together. Their marriage was likely never consummated. After the fall and execution of her father, Caracalla's Praetorian Prefect, she was exiled to the Lipari islands and executed in 212 A.D.
SH57077. Silver denarius, SRCV II 7063, RIC IV 362, RSC III 21, VF, weight 3.473 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 202 A.D.; obverse PLAVTILLAE AVGVSTAE, draped bust right, hair coiled in horizontal ridges and fastened in bun at the back; reverse PROPAGO IMPERI, Caracalla (on right) and Plautilla standing confronted, clasping right hands; scarce, marriage issue; $180.00 (€135.00)

Julia Mamaea, Augusta 13 March 222 - February or March 235 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Felicitas was the goddess or personification of good luck and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire, and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.
SH57740. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 688, BMCRE VI 920, Cohen 8, SRCV II 8226, VF, weight 18.031 g, maximum diameter 30.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, c. 232 A.D.; obverse IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA, diademed and draped bust right; reverse FECVNDITAS AVGVSTAE S C, Fecunditas standing left, extending right hand to child standing before her with arms raised, cornucopia in left; $150.00 (€112.50)

Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Isis was the goddess of motherhood and fertility in Ancient Egyptian religious beliefs, whose worship spread throughout the Greco-Roman world. In later myths about Isis, she had a brother, Osiris, who became her husband, and she then was said to have conceived Horus.
RS69956. Silver denarius, RSC III 174, RIC IV 577, SRCV II 6606, VF, weight 3.223 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 196 - 211 A.D.; obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse SAECVLI FELICITAS, Isis nursing the infant Horus, right foot on prow, anchor rests against altar behind; uncommon reverse type; $125.00 (€93.75)

Greek, Terracotta Baby's Head, 4th Century B.C.
Click for a larger photo From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AT34470. 2 cm (3/4") high, red-beige terracotta, short hair, charming head, Choice, unmounted; $110.00 (€82.50)

Greek, Terracotta Child's Head, 4th Century B.C.
Click for a larger photo From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AT34468. 4 cm (1 1/2") high, grey terracotta, hair back, fragment with left side missing, charming style, Superb face, unmounted; $90.00 (€67.50)

Greek, Terracotta Child's Head, 4th Century B.C.
Click for a larger photo From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AT34465. 2.8 cm (1") high, brown-beige terracotta, fine details, Choice, unmounted; $80.00 (€60.00)

Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D., Ephesos, Ionia
Click for a larger photo An astragaloi were gaming pieces made from the knuckle-bones of sheep or goats, used in antiquity in for divination and games in a manner similar to dice.
RP68703. Bronze AE 19, SNG Cop 434; SNGvA 7876; BMC Ionia p. 87, 283, F, weight 2.658 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, Ephesus mint, 209 - 212 A.D.; obverse AYT K ΠO XE ΓETAC, laureate head right; reverse EΦEXIΩN, two children seated confronted on the ground, naked, playing with astragaloi, cult statue of Artemis Ephesia behind, crescent upper left, star upper right; $80.00 (€60.00)

Greek, Terracotta Child's Bust, 2nd Century B.C.
Click for a larger photo From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AT34521. 2.8 cm (1") high, red-brown terracotta; hair bound up, cute, Choice, unmounted; $75.00 (€56.25)

Julia Mamaea, Augusta 13 March 222 - February or March 235 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Fecunditas (Latin: "fecundity, fertility") was the goddess of fertility. She was portrayed as a matron, sometimes holding a cornucopia or a hasta pura, with children in her arms or standing next to her.
RS58091. Silver denarius, RSC III 6, RIC IV 322, VF, uncleaned, weight 2.589 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, obverse IVLIA MAMAEA AVG, diademed and draped bust right; reverse FECVND AVGVSTAE, Fecunditas enthroned left, reaching out to child before her; $60.00 (€45.00)

Julia Mamaea, Augusta 13 March 222 - February or March 235 A.D.
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RS50678. Silver denarius, RIC IV 341, RSC 32, gF, frosted surfaces, weight 2.244 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, obverse IVLIA MAMAEA AVG, draped bust right; reverse IVNO AVGVSTAE, Juno seated left, flower in right, swaddled infant in left; $40.00 (€30.00)


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