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Julia Mamaea, Augusta 13 March 222 - February or March 235 A.D.
Victory seems an odd attribute for the goddess of love but both Sulla and Pompey dreamed of Venus Victrix. Julius Caesar, who claimed Venus as his ancestor, sacrificed to her and she ensured he was always victorious. The use of Victrix on the reverse of Mamaea's coinage at this time, not only appealed for her aid against the Persians, but also reminded the Romans that the empress too was in Syria accompanying the legions on campaign.
RS28492. Silver denarius, RIC IV 358, RSC III 76, BMCRE VI 713, Hunter III 5, SRCV II 8216, Choice VF, weight 2.999g, maximum diameter 19.7mm, die axis 0o
, obverse IVLIA MAMAEA AVG, draped bust right; reverse VENVS VICTRIX (victorious Venus), Venus standing half left, helmet extended in right, long scepter in left hand, shield at feet left; SOLD
Catalog current as of Monday, August 19, 2019.
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