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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Severan Period| > |Julia Maesa| > RB26270
Julia Maesa, Augusta 8 June 218 - 224 or 225 A.D.
After her nephew Caracalla was murdered, Julia Maesa successfully used her ample funds to plot the overthrow the usurper Macrinus and place her grandson Elagabalus on the throne. The teenager was a disaster as emperor, scorning Roman values with religious and sexual scandals. She cleverly convinced Elagabalus to adopt her other grandson, Alexander, as his heir. Shortly after Elagabalus and his mother were murdered by the Praetorian Guard, dragged through the streets and thrown into the Tiber. Through it all, Maesa held the power behind the throne.
RB26270. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC IV Elagabalus 411; Cohen IV 12; Hunter III 18; BMCRE V p. 600, 402; SRCV III 7766, gF, Rome mint, weight 9.693g, maximum diameter 25.5mm, die axis 180o, 218 - 222 A.D.; obverse IVLIA MAESA AVG, draped bust right, hair slightly waved, flat chignon at back of head; reverse FECVNDITAS AVGVSTAE, Fecunditas seated left, cornucopia in left hand, extending right hand to child at feet, child draped and standing right raising right hand, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; very rare; SOLD










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DIVAMAESAAVG
DIVAMAESAAVGVSTA
IVLIAMAESAAVG
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