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Julia Soaemias, Augusta 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D.

Julia Soaemias was the mother of Elagabalus and as debauched as he was. She was murdered along with her son in 222 A.D.


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RS29296. Silver denarius, RSC III 8, RIC IV 241, SRCV II 7719, EF, soft reverse, weight 3.268 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, obverse IVLIA SOAEMIAS AVG, draped bust right; reverse VENVS CAELESTIS (heavenly Venus), Venus standing left, apple in right hand, scepter in left hand, star in right field; exceptional portrait; SOLD


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Venus (Aphrodite) can be faulted for the Trojan War. Upset that she was not invited to a wedding, she went anyway and maliciously left a golden apple inscribed "For the fairest" on the banquet table. The goddesses, as Aphrodite expected, argued who was the rightful possessor of this prize. It was determined the most handsome mortal in the world, a noble Trojan youth named Paris, would decide. Each of the three finalists offered Paris a bribe. Hera promised he would rule the world. Athena said she would make him victorious in battle. Aphrodite guaranteed the love of the most beautiful woman in the world. This was Helen, who was married to the king of Sparta. Paris awarded the golden apple to Aphrodite. Aphrodite enabled Paris to elope with Helen, Helen of Troy. Helen's husband raised a Greek army to retrieve his wife, starting the Trojan War.
RS86689. Silver denarius, RSC III 8a, BMCRE V Elagabalus 49, Hunter III 5, RIC IV Elagabalus 241, SRCV II 7719, Choice aEF, excellent portrait, well centered and struck, light toning on some luster, minor flan flaw on cheek, edge cracks, weight 2.547 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 220 - 222 A.D.; obverse IVLIA SOAEMIAS AVG, draped bust right; reverse VENVS CAELESTIS (heavenly Venus), Venus standing half left, apple in extended right hand, long scepter in left hand, small star lower left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; SOLD


Julia Maesa, Augusta 8 June 218 - 224 or 225 A.D., Hybrid with Julia Soamias Reverse

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Interesting hybrid of a Julia Maesa obverse with a Julia Soaemias reverse (RIC 241). BMC lists a large variety of hybrids mixing obverses and reverses of Julia Domna, Julia Maesa, and Julia Soamias. Many are identified as ancient counterfeits. This particular hybrid, most likely an ancient counterfeit, is not listed.
RS14185. Silver denarius, BMCRE V -, RIC IV -, reverse RIC IV Soaemias 241, F, weight 2.385 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome or unofficial mint, obverse IVLIA MAESA AVG, draped bust right; reverse VENVS CAELESTIS (heavenly Venus), Venus standing left, apple in right hand, scepter in left hand; slightly irregular flan, frosty surfaces, no indication of a base metal core; SOLD







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OBVERSE LEGENDS

IVLIASOAEMIASAVG
IVLIASOAEMIASAVGVSTA


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